It’s all in the water

Don’t Drown Your Plants with Too Much Water

Did you know that over-watering is usually considered the most common cause of early plant death? If you overwater your plants, they become vulnerable to disease. Heavy, waterlogged soil compacts and smothers plant roots causing suffocation, root rot and plant death by drowning, disease or infestation.

Good Timing Is Essential to Correct Watering

Just as different plants have different water requirements, different times of the year also affect the amount of water you should give a plant. Water in the morning so the plants are ready for the day. For most plants, this means watering more in the spring and summer and less in the autumn.

How do You Know if Your Plant is Drowning?

Plants that are watered too often become waterlogged. The soil lacks much-needed oxygen which stunts the growth of the plants. They become limp and leaves turn yellow.

How to Water Plants Successfully

Don’t just give your plants a little drink. It is far better to give almost any plant a thorough soaking occasionally than a light watering daily or several times a week. When you water deeply and infrequently, it encourages the roots to grow deep to access moist, cool soil. Mulching heavily around outdoor plants will allow for the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time.

Parting Thoughts to Watering Outdoor Plants

Do your homework whenever you add a new plant so you will know how to care for it correctly.

Newly planted shrubs, trees, and bedding plants need more water than established plants until their root system is established.

For efficient watering at the root zone, use a soaker hose or an even more precise drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler.

Less is more, and most plants will be happier with you if you just give them a deep drink rather than a sip here and there.


For other watering or plant related questions you are always welcome to visit with the staff at The Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center or