While many San Diego residents are worried about not having enough water to keep their plants healthy, some homeowners do not realize that it is also possible to over water plants as well. Too much water is actually worse than too little water for many plants, as it contributes to conditions that are difficult to treat.
How do you know if you are over watering your plants? This guide from Juniper Landscape Company can help you determine how often you need to water.
Over watering and Plant Health
If your plants are wilted even when the soil is wet, or if the color of your plants is consistently a pale, light green rather than a rich, vibrant hue, you should immediately suspect over watering. Too much water is the most common cause of death for potted plants and can contribute to death in bedded plants as well.
In general, rain is all that is needed for bedded plants. However, if your plants need an occasional watering, it is okay to give them water as long as the soil is dry as deep as the first knuckle of your finger. If not, wait a day or so before watering.
For potted plants, check the root ball to see if black or slimy mold has set in. Healthy roots are white and clean.
How Can I Fix Over watering?
If your plants are in trouble, here is a step-by-step guide for rescuing them:
For more tips on keeping your plants healthy, contact Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego.