While you may think that the more water you give your plants is directly connected to their growth success, you would be wrong! More people over water their plants than you would think. When a plant doesn’t look healthy, we know that the instinct is to just give it more water. However, it turns out that the symptoms for too much water and not enough water are about the same. Read on to learn more about signs that it’s too much water causing damage rather than too little.

The plant is wilting, but it appears to have plenty of water.

Your plants’ roots take up water and oxygen to survive. When you give them too much water, there is not enough oxygen to continue growing. Essentially, the begin to down. There is naturally space in between the particles of soil in your garden, which is occupied by oxygen. Any soil that is consistently wet will not be able hold enough oxygen for the roots. The plants will begin to wilt when this happens, even though the soil is still wet.

The tips of the leaves turn brown.

This may be the easiest way to check to see if you have been overwatering your plants. Observe the leaves carefully and note how the tips look. If the tip is turning brown, this is a sure sign of too much watering. This means that the leaves have not gotten enough oxygen, and the ends are dying because of this.

Blisters or warts appear on the leaves.

If your plant’s roots absorb more water than they need and can use, water pressure begins to build in the cells of the leaves. After the cells become too full, they burst. This kills the cells and leaves behind blisters on the plant that may look like lesions. Once the blisters erupt, you may begin to notice tan, brown, or white wart growths beginning to appear where the blisters were. You may also see some indentations forming right above the growths on the surface of the leaves.

The leaves turn yellow.

Just as the tips may turn brown, the leaves may also turn yellow. This means that the plant’s growth has been stunted and it is struggling to stay balanced with nutrients and water.

The leaves begin to fall.

Just like under watering your plant, watering it too much can lead to the leaves falling off. If you find both young and old leaves are falling before they should, as well as the buds refusing to open, that means you are watering the plant too much. Check the soil regularly by pressing your finger into the soil and seeing how wet it is about two inches down. If you feel that the soil is moist and that the leaves haven’t been doing well, cut down the amount of water you give it. Also, you can always invest in a water meter to see how much water is in the soil.

Caring for Your Trees

Just as you can overwater a household plant, so too can you overwater a tree. Check for these signs on your tree to make sure that it is balanced and healthy. If you are unsure about the level of hydration your tree has, make sure you’ve paid attention to the weather. Has it rained a lot lately? Has there been a drought? Keeping these things in mind will help you better assess whether your tree needs more or less water.

Contact the Professionals

Whatever you tree concerns may be, we know that we can help. Contact Whatcom Tree Service for help with the trees located on your Bellingham property! We specialize in all areas of tree care, including trimming, pruning, lifting, tree removal, and stump grinding. If you want to be sure that your home is getting the best possible treatment from a crew of professionals, then it is time to give us a call. We can stop by once for a big project or we can work with you on maintenance projects. Our experts work fast, so we will be out of your yard in no time at all! Reach out today to get started and schedule your appointment with us.