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What are Signs of Root Rot?

WP Law - Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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What does root rot look like? Most gardens love the humidity of the south, but sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much. When this happens, you can get root rot in your trees, shrubs, and flowering bushes. Here’s what to look for and what you can do about it.

Signs of Root Rot

With all the possible ailments your landscaping can get, it’s often hard to tell what’s what. When it comes to root rot, here’s what you can be on the lookout for:

  • Slow growth
  • Stems that seem soft and mushy
  • Wilting leaves
  • Yellowing
  • Curled up leaves
  • Rotten smell to the soil around the plant or tree
  • Red or reddish-brown roots
  • What to Do About It

    You can’t always save a plant, bush, or tree once root rot has set in, but you can try. Start by reducing water to it and ensure proper drainage. Then, reduce the soil compaction around it to improve the nutrients getting to the root system.

    How to Prevent Root Rot

    Preventing root rot is often easier than fixing it. Start with healthy plants with strong roots. Water them on a schedule and pay attention to your soil. Reduce watering when there’s lots of rain and in the cooler winter weather and increase it during the hot summer months. Be sure your drainage is effective in reducing excess water around the roots.

    If you’re suspicious there’s some root rot in your garden and you can’t get it under control, call in a professional landscaper to assess the damage. Then, contact W.P. Law for the answers you need to bring your garden and landscaping back to life after root rot.

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