Plant Disorder Warning Signs


When it comes to landscaping, our lawn care experts at Terra Bites Lawn Service realize that your plants are just as important as your turfgrass. That’s why we’ve decided to give you a few steps to follow to check for Plant Warning Signs of disorders that can lead to pests and plant disease.

Step One:

Check your plants for disorders, a very common occurrence in many landscapes. If your plants look as if they are under attack by pests or have a disease, but you can find no signs of either, it is probably suffering from a plant disorder. Plant disorders can happen when your plants are subjugated to excessive temperatures of cold or warm, excess wind, a lack of nutrients or water; plant disorders can even occur for the simplest reasons, such as a plant that needs full sun growing partially in the shade.

Step Two:

Check your soil for a lack of water or nutrients. You can easily test for nutrients with a soil test from your local garden center; you can also call the UGA Extension Office for help testing your soil. Some deficiencies are obvious and will lead to pale leaves and stunted growth. Usually adding a nitrogen rich fertilizer or compost, followed by watering the plants/soil well, can help remedy this issue.leaf

Step Three:

Be aware of the lighting and shade your landscape provides. As mentioned before, plants that have a lack of light will also lack vigor in their growth. This can lead to pale or yellow leaves and stems, and these plants may have an odd appearance. The same can be true with plants that require more shade than sun.

Step Four:

Check for root problems, as plants are more likely to contract fungal diseases when roots have issues. Don’t worry, you do not have to dig up your plants to find out if they ever root problems. Examine the foliage of each plant. If the roots are too dry, foliage farthest from the roots will turn brown. Check this stem at the plant base for rot; if you find the base is rotting, dig up the plant to do full check on the roots. If the roots appear dead (red/brown/brittle), then chances of this plant’s survival are slim, but you still may be able to save it with proper care.
Of course these are only the early warning signs of plant disorders; for good pest and disease control, contact Terra Bites Lawn Service. Our lawn care experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have to help you with your landscape needs!