Whether you have a small garden bed or a lavish outdoor oasis, you want your plants to be healthy. How can you tell if a plant is healthy, and when should you take action for an unhealthy plant? In this guide from Berns Landscaping, we’ll explore 10 common signs of declining plant health, along with tips to revitalize your landscaping.
Common Signs of Declining Plant Health
The signs of poor plant health will vary from one plant to the next. For instance, a shrub will have different signs than an evergreen tree, and rose bushes will have different signs than ornamental grass. In general, look for changes in your plant from the year prior. Does the plant look like a different color? Has its shape changed significantly? Is it losing leaves when it should be flourishing? If so, you may need to take steps to improve your plant health.
Warning signs of unhealthy plants include:
- Change in color (a green plant now looks yellow or brown)
- Dropping leaves or needles without explanation
- Brown splotches that look like paint splatter
- Brittle leaves
- White powdery growth on the leaves
- Uncharacteristically slow growth (a fast-growing plant is not growing much)
- Leaves with an abnormal color pattern
- Limp leaves
- Scorched leaves (the tips look like they have been burned)
When Do Plants Start Showing Signs of Decline?
Most plants will come out of dormancy when the weather warms up – anywhere from 45°F to 60°F. Before then, you may not notice signs of poor plant health because the plant has not started to blossom. The blooming temperature varies from one plant to the next. As a good rule of thumb, look over your plants once it has been 60°F for two or three weeks. If your plants still have not perked up by then, consider taking action.
How to Get Your Plants Healthy Again
The cause of declining plant health could be anything from too much sun exposure to disease, pests or improper watering. There is no blanket answer for how to improve plant health because every plant has unique needs. If you would like a professional diagnosis of your plant health, contact the experts at Berns Landscaping. Our horticulturists can pinpoint the exact cause of plant health issues and provide a precise remedy for the issue. From there, we can arrange a grounds maintenance plan to rejuvenate your landscaping and keep it looking its best.
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Warren, Michigan 48089
Contact us at 586-756-1145 to schedule a consultation with a horticulturist.