How to Rescue Dying Plants in Your Backyard

There’s nothing worse than looking out your window, only to find that your beautiful, lush, green garden has turned into a brown and barren wasteland. It can be difficult to maintain and tend to these living, photosynthesizing organisms, and often when we see that a plant is a little brown at the edges, we assume that it’s too late and we rip the roots right from the soil. But this doesn’t have to be the case. A brown plant is not necessarily a dead plant and there are a number of ways to resuscitate dead plants and bring them back to a healthy, happy state. It just takes a little bit of TLC and slight tinge of a green thumb.

  1. Understand how much water is needed. The problem of under-watering or over-watering your plant can’t be stressed enough. Though under-watering is the primary cause of dying plants, over-watering them can be just as detrimental to their health and well being. A basic rule of thumb suggests that each plant should get about 5.3 gallons of water per square meter of soil or about an inch of rain water per week. This obviously varies depending on what sort of plants you have. Succulents and cacti obviously require less than ferns and firs and can easily be over-watered.
  2. Synchronize watches. Putting a sprinkler system on a timer is a great way to ensure that you’re not forgetting to water the plants, it also means that when you’re away on holiday, you’ll still return to a happy healthy looking garden. Buying a rain gauge to help reduce water wastage and unnecessarily high water bills is a must. For the first week of watering, in order to rescue dying plants, the garden should receive an inch of water every 48 hours. For the second week of the plant’s rescue, apply an inch of water every 72 hours and for every week after that water once per week.
  3. Additional Nutrients. Your plants, like us humans, don’t just need water but they need additional nutrients too. The common household backyard doesn’t supply the right kind of nutrient rich soil that suits every plant, so it’s important to pay attention to the soil and to feed the plant the additional goodness that it needs to thrive. Apply liquid fertilizer and follow the package to get the balance just right. It’s a good idea to fertilize at least once a month unless the package indicates otherwise. Another great way to amend your soil naturally is to apply compost. It’s cheap, organic and easy to do, so start collecting those foods scraps or purchase a bag at your local garden center or hardware store.
  4. Hire a Professional. If you have the budget to do so, it’s always best to hire a professional to get the job right. The people atWheat’s Landscape are a great example of this. The knowledge and expertise that a professional can offer will be invaluable for your garden.

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