SAVING OVERWATERED PLANTS
RUSSIAN SAGE IN MY GARDEN HAVE BEEN SEVERELY OVER WATERED. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SAVE THEM OR NOT. IF SO, PLEASE GIVE ME STEP BY STEP PROCESS TO TRY. THIS IS MY SECOND REQUEST FOR AN ANSWER FROM YOU. ON 8/6/17 I SENT THE FIRST E-MAIL & YOU ACKNOWLEDGED RECEIPT OF MY QUESTION NOTING YOUR ANSWER TO MY QUESTION WOULD FOLLOW SHORTLY. I ATTEMPTED TO USE THIS WEB ADDRESS TO SEND AN E-MAIL ASKING ABOUT MY PREVIOUS QUESTION BUT WHEN I ATTEMPTED TO SEND IT THE RESPONSE WAS YOU HAD NO E-MAIL ADDRESS. I'M CONFUSED!
Hello, I typed an answer Aug 7th. I don't know why you didn't receive an email. Here is what I said:
Answered on August 7, 2018
They may not look good for a while but I doubt your husband caused enough root rot to kill the plants. If you have heavy clay or poorly-draining soil then only time will tell. Heavy soils should be amended to improve drainage so prolonged rainfall doesn't affect plants. Let him know that sages and lavender are semi-desert plants and thrive in hot, dry weather. Trim out any stems that look shriveled and dead. Pull back mulch near those plants so the soil dries faster. Resist the temptation to feed them to help them bounce back. Too much water results in root rot and the plant may be too injured to respond to fertilizer without exhausting itself. It needs to concentrate on below ground development instead of top growth. He sounds like a good man to be out there in the heat and watering. The rest of your plants applaud his efforts.