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Gardening in Florida: Why Are My Newly Installed Plants Dying?

Gardening in Florida: Why Are My Newly Installed Plants Dying?

You never want to see dead, dying, and drooping plants after trying to improve the curb appeal of your property. However, despite your best efforts, your landscaping installation may not turn out as expected. 

Thankfully you can usually identify and fix the problem after a few weeks once the plants have recuperated. Here are a few possible reasons the new plants in your landscaping beds keep dying.

Get to the Root of the Problem

Many new landscaping installation plants die because of issues with the roots. Sometimes the petals start falling off because of a lack of oxygen. Other times, you may be underwatering or overwatering your plants.

You can check your flower beds by pulling up one of the new plants. Pale-colored roots often indicate a healthy plant, but brown roots may mean it is on its way out.

If the soil is soggy when you pull the plant out, try watering the plants less. Do the opposite for bone-dry dirt, as it should have a slight dampness to indicate proper water presence. Also, ensure the top of the rootball sits above the soil or at ground level since covering them can suffocate the plants.

Consider the Location

Some flowers, bushes, and other plants do not adapt well to Florida’s balmy and warm climate. Even if they look beautiful, they die quickly no matter what you do for them. Sometimes, they could need more shade or sunlight than currently given in the landscape installation.

When planning your outdoor space with landscape designers, you have additional plant knowledge at your disposal. They should indicate which plants work best for your climate and where they need to stay. Otherwise, check if your plants need more or less sunlight or cannot thrive in Florida.

Consider the Season

Many flowers, bushes, and trees flourish in the spring and die out or temporarily recede in fall and winter. Other plants do the opposite or last year-round, depending on their innate traits.

Plant life that flourishes in a particular season planted outside of that time may seem like it is dying. If the roots still look pale and the soil has the necessary moisture, it may just be receding for the season. Check the traits and habits of the plant to determine if it may be out of season for the time being.

Your Plant Was Already on Its Way Out

While outside of your control, some plants might already be dying by the time they arrive at your landscaping installation. They could have plant-based diseases or die from old age, like annuals.

When creating a beautiful landscape, you should look for newly growing plants. These tend to be less prone to sickness and may last much longer in your garden.

Hire an Experienced Landscaping Specialist

R & R Sprinkler boasts over 40 years of landscaping knowledge and provides every client astounding results. We create beautiful landscaping designs well suited for Florida yards with plants that flourish and improve your curb appeal.

Contact R & R Sprinkler and Landscape at (239) 772-2607 for a free estimate on your next landscaping installation.

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