How to Deal With Root Rot Gardens
The term root rot refers to damage to the root system of a plant. When roots become damaged or rot they may not be able to absorb the water and nutrients they need to grow and thrive. If they are unable to do this they will begin to die. This results in the plant falling over and a defoliator is used to restore the tree. Root rot can occur any time, but it is most common during cold, wet weather.
Root rot can affect many types of plants, but they tend to concentrate around trees. The most common is the Dollar Botanically speaking, as it is most often found on cherry, pear, plum, and walnut trees. The affected plant will eventually turn yellow and fall apart. Though some can be cured by applying fungicide, the best way to prevent it from happening is to keep the garden well watered and to check for signs of damage.
Once it starts, the damaged roots will soak up all the water in the soil, which dehydrates it. This causes the roots to rot and wither away. The stem can break off and the roots can get into the drainage canyons. This can cause roots to extend down into the subsoil, which leads to severe water loss.
A common cause is over-watering the garden. Over-watering can cause the stems to grow too tall and therefore block drainage canals. Too much water also makes the soil hard and turns it hard, clay-like substance which is not good for your plants. To avoid this, make sure to check the soil daily and water only what is needed. Don’t overwater, because you will end up with root rot as well. Check your sprinkler or irrigation system to see if there is a problem with the water level of the garden, and check out your outdoor fountains and sprinkler heads for signs of over-watering.
Another cause of rot is heavy, frequent watering. If the roots are getting damaged they will not be able to soak up the water that has passed through the soil. They will just rot on the stem. This is why it is important to check your outdoor fountains and sprinkler heads for signs of excessive water. An easy way to prevent excessive watering is by using a rain barrel. Any water left in the barrel will go into the drainage canyons.
If the roots are damaged, they will be unable to grow back. If the stem has already broken off, the roots can go into the soil and grow around the broken stem. The resulting root mat is composed of long, thin roots and if the soil is dry, it can make root matting even more brittle and fragile, increasing the chances for rot. If you notice that your stem has already broken off, do not water it. Wait for it to dry.
There are several things you can do to prevent lawn damage from rotting and damaging the roots of your grass. When mowing your lawn, cut at the proper height so that the blade will not dig too deep into the ground, especially if you have overzealous watering. If you notice that your lawn is starting to look worn out, you may also want to consider using an aerator. These devices push air through the soil, helping to aerate it, which can improve water and nutrient absorption and circulation, thus preventing rot and other damage to the roots.
A fun thing to do with your kids is to build miniature oaks or koi fish tunnels in your lawn. Kids will love working with plants and building the tunnels, which they can then feed and fish from. You can even get them to name the fish as part of the fun. Root rot is not something we want to have to face, but it does happen. Learn how to prevent it and take preventative measures so it doesn’t spread.