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Why Over watering Kills Your Plants—And What To Do About It

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015
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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:

  • Move plants to a shady area if possible. Shaded plants use less water, so you can leave your plants in a shaded area for some time without watering, giving them a chance to absorb the water already in the soil and dry out.
  • Ensure plants have drainage. Lack of drainage is one of the most common reasons for over watering issues. Be sure that potted plants have drainage holes in the bottom of the pots and that beds have downward drainage avenues.
  • Create air spaces around root balls. You can do this easily with potted plants by tilting the pot to one side and tapping it. For bedded plants, try aerating the soil around the plant carefully with a hand fork.
  • Repot potted plants. A larger pot with clean soil will help the plant to fight off root rot and dry out more quickly.
  • Mist plants instead of pouring water. Every other time you water, mist instead of pouring water on the soil. This will allow the soil to dry but also give the plant a needed and refreshing spritz of water.

For more tips on keeping your plants healthy, contact Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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