Overwatering Shrubs Signs- How to Deal With Them

Are you overwatering your shrubs and not aware? In this article, I will introduce to you all the signs and consequences of overwatering your gorgeous shrubs. Additionally, I will tackle all the simple steps you can do to save your plant.

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What happens if you water Your shrubs too much

If you water your shrubs too much, it can lead to several problems that can harm or even kill the plants. Here are some potential consequences and signs of overwatering shrubs:

Your Shurbs’ Root will rot

When the soil around the roots of a shrub is constantly saturated with water, the roots can begin to rot. This can cause the plant to wilt, lose its leaves, and eventually die.

I wrote an entire article about root rot’s causes and how to deal with and prevent it. You can check it out by clicking on this article: What Is Root Rot, Causes, Treatments, & How to Prevent It.

overwatering can lead to Nutrient deficiencies in plants

Did you know that you can kick nutrients out of the soil? Yes, you can do that by simply overwatering your shrubs. I know it sounds like I’m trying to convince you to do it, but no. Don’t do it, please!

Once the nutrients are out, it will be harder for shrubs to absorb the food they need to grow and stay healthy.

Fungal diseases are generally caused by overwatering

Wet conditions can create an environment that is conducive to the growth of fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew, root rot, blight, leaf spot, and anthracnose.

It is important to take steps to prevent overwatering to avoid these fungal diseases. Providing proper drainage, watering only when necessary, and ensuring good air circulation can help prevent the growth of fungi that cause these diseases.

Oxygen deprivation

Well, the case of “Oxygen deprivation” caused by overwatering our precious shrubs! It’s like our plants are auditioning for a role in a fish tank!

You see when we overwater our plants, the soil becomes waterlogged, and the roots cannot access the oxygen they need to survive. It’s like putting a straw in a glass of water and trying to suck up air – it just doesn’t work!

The poor plants are left gasping for air, like a fish out of water. They might start to wilt, turn yellow or brown, and lose their leaves.

In all seriousness, overwatering can deprive the roots of oxygen, which can cause them to die off and reduce the plant’s ability to absorb water and nutrients.

Pests and insects

Oh boy, let me tell you about the party that’s going on in your plants when you overwater them! You might think you’re doing them a favor by giving them all that extra H2O, but really, you’re just inviting a whole bunch of uninvited guests to come hang out.

Overwatered plants can attract pests and insects, which can further weaken the plants and make them more vulnerable to disease.

To avoid these problems, it’s important to water shrubs deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions.

In general, it’s better to underwater than to overwater shrubs. If you’re not sure how much water your shrubs need, it’s a good idea to do some research on the specific species of shrub you have and to monitor the soil moisture levels regularly.

Read more: Watering Shrubs- 101 Tips

How to deal with overwatered shrubs

Let’s be kind to our plants and give them the space they need to breathe. Let’s not drown them, but instead, provide them with just the right amount of water and air to help them thrive. After all, we want our plants to be happy and healthy, not gasping for air like a fish in a bowl.

Here are the things you can do if you accidentally overwatered your shrubs:

1. Stop watering

The first step you can do is to stop watering your plant. If you continue to water it, you’ll only make it worse. Instead, let it rest and dry out for a few days before you start watering it again.

However, if the soil seems super clogged, you need to remove and change the potting soil. And if your shrub is planted on the ground, you can flip the soil using a shovel or any available tool to help you make the soil less pressed and can breathe more air.

2. Improve drainage

You can do this by adding organic matter to the soil, such as compost, and creating channels or holes for the water to drain away.

Read more: How to Grow Hibiscus in Water Without Soil – Hydroponic Method

3. Remove damaged foliage

If the shrub has already begun to show signs of damage, such as yellowing or wilting leaves, you should remove them. This will help the shrub conserve energy and focus on healing.

4. Pruning helps with fast recovery

If the shrub is severely damaged, you may need to prune it back. This will help it recover more quickly by reducing the amount of foliage it needs to support.

5. be patient while taking care of your plants

It takes time for a shrub to recover from overwatering. Be patient and wait for signs of new growth before assuming the shrub is dead. In the meantime, avoid fertilizing or disturbing the roots.

By following these steps, you can help your overwatered shrubs recover and thrive.


In conclusion, caring for shrubs requires attention and care. Overwatering and underwatering are common mistakes, but they can be remedied with proper care.

Remember to stop watering if you notice signs of overwatering and follow the steps mentioned earlier. If you do, you will be able to help your shrubs thrive and add beauty to your garden or landscape.

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