Sweet, tender Summer was becoming a bit more brazen and fierce as desiccated leaves scraped and scratched their way along the ground.  Although not in a drought, DuPage County and much of Illinois have been behind in precipitation year over year.  Whether it rains or not, this doesn’t mean we should blindly let the tap run.

Overwatering is a common cause of plant issues and their ability to flourish.  Plants may develop yellowing or brown leaves.  Spots and blisters may be seen on foliage and stems.  Stunted growth and soft, mushy stems may be evident.  What’s actually happening is the roots are waterlogged and can no longer absorb oxygen.  Once plants are stressed by overwatering, they become susceptible to fungal infections.  Many times, overwatering is misdiagnosed as pest damage.

Look to proper watering techniques to help mitigate issues.  Never put your garden on a strict watering schedule as different plants have different needs, and different locations access and use water differently (i.e. container plants require more frequent watering as the soil tends to dry out faster).  In general, water less frequently, but for longer periods of time.  Employ soaker hoses or drip irrigation when possible, and never water from overhead.  Mulch planting beds and tree rings to help capitalize on moisture.  Site your plants correctly, and quell the urge to water out of kindness or guilt.

Not sure if you’re watering too much or too little?  Reach out to Sweeney’s.  We, like you, want your landscape to be healthy and strong, no matter the season or reason.   We proudly serve the communities of Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wood Dale, Itasca, and more!

Sweeney’s:  A Plant Based Company

Plant of the Week

Ornamental Oregano

Dainty, purplish-pink flowers bloom above aromatic foliage on striking red stems August – September.  Foliage matures to a reddish-purple.  Prefers full sun and dry soil.  Grows 12-18″ tall and 12-18″ wide.  Attracts butterflies.  Deer and rabbit resistant.  Drought tolerant.

“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?”

— Wendell Berry

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney