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Overwatering?

Four Signs You Are Overwatering

Not all signs of too much water are this easy to spot. Brown tips but leaf is still soft and limp.

Giving your plants too much water is one of the biggest issues I see in landscapes today.  The mistake of overwatering your plants is not easy to diagnose.  In many instances too much water mimics the signs of too little water.  Below are four signs you can easily recognize to determine if you are giving your landscape too much water.

1.     Your plant is wilting but it looks like it has plenty of water

Roots are critical to plant life. They are the primary source for water, food and the intake of oxygen. The roots of the plant take up water but they also need air to breathe. Overwatering, in simple terms, drowns your plant. Oxygen fills the space between the particles of soil.  Soil that is constantly wet won’t have enough air pockets and plants will not be able to breathe by taking up oxygen with their roots.

2.    Leaves turn brown and wilt

Leaves turn brown and wilt when plants have too little and too much water.  The biggest difference is too little water will result in the leaves feeling crispy when you hold them in your hand.  Too much water and the leaves will feel soft and limp in your hand.

3.    Edema

When roots of plants absorb more water than they can use,  water pressure begins to build in the cells of the leaves. The cells will eventually  burst, killing them and forming blisters and these areas will look like lesions. Once the blisters erupt, tan, brown or white warty growths begin to form where the blisters originally were. Plus you will see indentations forming directly above the growths on the top sides of the leaves.

4.    Yellow leaves

Stunted slow growth with yellowing leaves is a symptom of overwatering.  The other sign to observe during this condition is leaf fall.  If you have yellowing leaves and old leaves as well as new leaves are falling at the same accelerated rate you are providing too much water.

Check your soil regularly.  Don’t be afraid to push you finger into the soil and see how moist it is an inch or two down.  If the soil is moist and you have some of the conditions above it’s an excellent sign to reduce your water.  Also, many stores sell inexpensive but accurate moisture meters.  You simply insert them in the root ball and they will tell you how much water is in the soil.  This is a simple and inexpensive tool that will take much of the guess work out of watering your landscape.  I hope these tips are helpful and please share a few of your own in the comments area below.

Written by Richard Restuccia, Valleycrest

James Haley

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TerraPro, Inc.
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Cool Facts about Grass

Cool facts about grass!

Did you know?

You shouldn’t let your lawn grow too tall before you cut it.
When you cut off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass-blade, it causes the grass to go into shock. Grass gets its food by converting the sun’s energy by photosynthesis. When you chop off more than 1/3 you are cutting the grass’s food supply by how much you cut off. I personally wouldn’t like my food to be cut drastically like that, would you?
Grass shouldn’t be cut too short.
Like I said above, grass gets its food by the sun. When grass is cut too short, it starves the plant. The plant then has to put all of its efforts into growing as fast as it can so it can get its food supply back. The root system gets neglected and the grass shoots up faster than it would if it were cut at a healthy length. When grass is too short, the sun has direct contact with the soil causing it to dry out faster. Do you really like having to water your lawn more often than is needed?
Watering infrequently actually helps your lawn.
When grass is watered for short periods of time the roots don’t have to stretch to get water. Roots like to be lazy when they can. If there getting plenty of water and never have to make an effort, roots will not grow deep down into the soil. There are many benefits of having deeply rooted lawns. When there is a shortage of water, the top soil will start to dry out. If you have deep roots, this wont matter because there is still plenty of moisture deeper into the soil. If you have a healthy root system, your grass will be able to reach that moisture deep under ground and not have the need for additional watering.
Grass does NOT like dull mower blades.
Dull mower blades tear the grass instead of cutting it clean and crisp. When grass is torn, it browns the tip of the grass and its more vulnerable to get infected. Infections can be the culprit of large spots of random brown or yellow grass in the lawn. Dull blades sometimes don’t even cut the grass, but instead rip it straight out of the ground. This has obvious effects to the overall health of your lawn.
Grass cutting are really good for your lawn!
When you leave the grass clippings on your lawn, the clippings decompose back into the soil. This decomposition gives your lawn TONS of nutrients and good food. Its like giving your lawn a super healthy boost every time you cut your grass! Grass roots grow and thrive from this healthy boost and can provide better nutrients to the grass blades.