I don’t care what level of gardening expertise you have, gardeners make mistakes, too. Wha? Yes, I will gladly swallow my pride and admit it…gardeners make MISTAKES.
Case in point?
I planted some Quaking Aspens in my yard along with a beautiful oriental Japanese Maple tree and look at what is happening? Yes, they are dieing. DIEING! Do they look under watered? I thought so, too. So I began giving these babies all the drink they could muster and they still continued to shrivel. Why? Why you ask? I wondered, too. I had an inkling, but I wanted to hear it straight from the gardening expert at the local nursery. And I was right…these suckers are getting OVER watered.
Right after I planted these trees a couple of months ago, we got a heavy rainfall for about three weeks. The trees seemed like they were thriving. Then a couple of weeks after the heavy rain, they all started to wilt and shrivel and turn brown. That’s when I started watering them heavily again only to see them shrivel continually. So, take note! Just because a tree LOOKS like it is dieing from thirst, doesn’t mean it IS.
Here’s another sign of over watering…my lovely rose bushes are yellowing; the leaves are dropping off. The over watering created a fungi. Ouch! So now I’m treating it with a fungicide and giving them a good watering every 4-5 days. With the heavy mulching, they don’t need as much water.
I’m really hoping that with less watering, the trees will pull out of it and the roots won’t turn to rot.
But alas, what is this? I think I see some GREEN on these Quakies! Yay! I’m keeping my fingers crossed…
Gardening is a work in progress and many failures bring about much success.
Signs of overwatering? The most common symptoms include:
- Rapid and gradual defoliation (where the lower leaves on the plant yellow and fall)
- Wilting or drooping
- Stunted plants
- Spotted foliage
- Gray, fuzzy mold/mildew around the stem, leaves and flower
Keep in mind that these symptoms can also be indicative of other problems, so it is better to observe your garden to judge how much water it needs. The “one inch per week” rule is a good one to follow, but it may have to be adjusted according to the season, the plant types, and your climate.
Ways to make sure you properly water your garden:
- Examine the soil to see if it is too dry and crumbly or where it’s too wet and muddy. Checking the soil often will you help you avoid over/under watering
- Water slowly. Watering too quickly causes runoff.
- Water deeply so that more than just the top layer of soil receives the water.
- Water in the morning when it’s cool. Watering in the heat of the day may cause quick evaporation; and watering at night can bring about disease and fungi.
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