If you’ve wondered, “How do you know if you are overwatering your plants?” you should know that overwatering plants is an unexpectedly common problem. Though, a couple of little changes may help you enhance your outdoor space. Once exposed, overwatered plants may be saved and flourished in your landscape.
How Do You Know if You are Overwatering Your Plants?
Roots are the main source of your plants’ food, water, and oxygen. While the roots of a plant absorb water, they also require air to breathe. Overwatering drowns your plant. Nourishing soil lets oxygen live in the area between particles of soil.
If there’s an abundance of water or the soil is consistently wet, there aren’t enough air pockets. The result is restricted oxygen supply and plants not able to breathe.
Leaves – Wilt and Brown
When plants don’t get enough water, the leaves become wilt and brown. The leaves also alter when the plant receives too much water. The vast difference is that not enough water will give your plant crispy, dry leaves. Too much water delivers limp, soggy leaves.
Increase Water Pressure
Water pressure starts to increase in the cells of plant leaves when the roots take in more water than they can use. Cells will ultimately burst and die, creating lesions and blisters. When the blisters burst, wart-looking growths come in their place.
Slow growth is also an indicator. If your plants possess old, yellow leaves and fresh leaves that are rapidly dropping, you’re watering your plants too much.
Inspect your soil often. Check the moisture by pushing your fingers deep into the soil.
If the soil is moist and you see a few of the above symptoms, it’s a good sign that you should decrease your water amount. Several tree care stores and plant nurseries sell moisture meters. Just put the meter in the root ball, and it will let you know the amount of water in the soil. This inexpensive, user-friendly tool takes the guesswork out of watering your plants.
To learn more indicators of overwatered plants, contact Tampa Tree Service.