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Midwest Regional Reports

Dealing With Excessive Rain in the Garden

Mitigate the effects of erosion and flooding through plant selection, technique, and design

The National Climate Assessment reported in 2014 that storms have been dumping more and more rain, with some parts of the United States experiencing a 70% increase in the amount of rain falling during heavy storms. In southwestern Wisconsin, one August storm in 2018 dropped more than 15 inches of rain overnight, smashing our state’s previous 24-hour rainfall record of 11 inches.

Since the summer of 2018, there has been above-average rainfall and winter precipitation across the Upper Midwest specifically. It has been a soggy year and a half, and the situation is expected to persist, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting 40% above-average precipitation this winter. Snow and ice bring their own challenges, but now is also a good time to brainstorm ways to make your garden more resilient to heavy rain and flooding in the upcoming year. There are ways we can help our gardens sail through the rain so…

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