4 Signs You’re Definitely Overwatering Your Plants

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We know you want the best looking yard in the neighborhood. Even though you’re staying vigilant with your watering to make it looks its best, it’s easy to get carried away. If you’re overwatering your lawn or garden, it could be detrimental. As your irrigation experts in the Jacksonville area, we know the signs of overwatering and how you can avoid them.


Wilting Plants

Nothing looks sadder than a garden full of wilting flowers. If you’re overwatering your plants, you’re essentially drowning them. Plant roots need both water and oxygen to do well. When your watering system is continuously wetting that soil, it’s not allowing oxygen to fill the space between each grain of soil. So, even though you’re giving your plants what you think is best, they need balance.

Instead of trying to remember when you should turn off your watering system, connect a timer to your system. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call our team. Once you know how long it takes for the water to reach about six inches into the ground, set your timer for that amount of time. Don’t water your lawn or small garden more than twice a week so you’ll be able to water efficiently!



How do your plants’ leaves look? One way you’ll know your plants are drowning is by looking at their leaves. If they look yellow or brown, they’re definitely struggling. Leaves will turn yellow when their growth is stunted from too much water. Brown leaves will feel soft to the touch.

If your leaves are falling when it’s not autumn, this could be another troubling sign. Check your soil to see how moist it is up to two inches down. If the soil feels wet, decrease the amount of water you’re using. You can also get a moisture meter to tell you how much water is in the soil.


Rotting Roots

Before you notice any symptoms of overwatering in your plant, its roots will be the first to feel the effects. With the soil constantly drenched, the roots will start rotting away because they won’t be able to breathe as easily. Root rot is caused by a fungal disease that makes roots turn grey, brown or slimy. Consequently, this causes the rest of the plant to wilt.

You might also notice that the stem’s base feels mushy or it smells rotten. If your plant has root rot, remove it from your small garden so it doesn’t spread the disease.



If you’re giving your plants more water than they need, they could develop edema. Edema happens when plants absorb too much water, causing its cells to expand. The cells expand so much they begin to burst. You’ll notice blisters on the plant and eventually those lesions either darken or whiten the scar tissue. Also, you might see indentations on top of the leaves.


When it comes to having the best looking lawn in the neighborhood all year long, it’s important to make sure you’re watering it correctly. At Harrison Irrigation, we want you to have the best experience with your lawn and we hope these tips help guide you in having a beautiful landscape. When it’s time for us to do our routine inspections, we look forward to seeing how the right irrigation system is enhancing your lawn. Call us today to schedule an appointment!