Why are my plants turning yellow? Dr. Sprinkler Repair, Mayberry-Highland Park NV – (775) 387-0519

Dr. Sprinkler Repair wants your lawn and/or garden to stay green – so, when yellow leaves start showing up in the flower beds, we know that you want to quickly and efficiently diagnose the problem. The article below by Russel McLendon of mother nature network can help you do just that!

“If your vegetable garden has gone from verdant to flavescent, it could be a sign of health issues like too much water or too few nutrients. A new infographic offers tips for getting to the root of the problem.

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Yellow leaves can indicate a wide range of ailments, such as this strawberry plant’s suspected iron deficiency. (Photo: Scot Nelson/Flickr)

Gardening is supposed be a relaxing hobby, but even the greenest thumbs see red sometimes. It might be due to fruit-stealing squirrels or earth-moving moles, but one of the most common causes of gardener angst is the sight of a tomato cage, bean fence or cucumber row draped in sickly yellow.

Known as chlorosis, the yellowing of plants’ leaves can point to a variety of health problems. It’s sort of like a persistent cough in humans: It probably means you aren’t well, but unless you’re attuned to its subtleties, it may be too broad of a symptom to diagnose your specific illness.

The direct cause of chlorosis isn’t a mystery, though. It’s the visible result of too little chlorophyll, the pigment used by plants to trap sunlight for photosynthesis. Since chlorophyll gives leaves their green color, an inadequate supply turns plants a pale green, yellow or yellowish white. And since chlorophyll is key to plants’ food-making abilities, a plant suffering from chlorosis might not survive if the source of its chlorophyll shortage isn’t addressed. And that’s where things can get muddy.

At first glance, a yellow leaf may not seem to hold many clues about the underlying problem. But a few variables in how chlorosis develops can offer a surprising amount of information.

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Nutrient deficiency

One common reason for chlorosis is poor nutrition. On top of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, plants need more than a dozen mineral nutrients to survive, all of which must come through their roots. A soil test is the best way to know what’s missing, but a quick look at the leaves can shed light on the situation. Plants with nutrient deficiencies often have distinct patterns of chlorosis — like green veins with yellow tissue in between — that first appear on particular leaves.

Some nutrient deficiencies make older leaves turn yellow first; others start with new growth. That’s because certain nutrients are “mobile” in plants, meaning a plant can move them from leaf to leaf as needed. When a plant runs low on a mobile nutrient like nitrogen, it can take more from its older leaves, helping the plant continue growing (at least for a while). Loss of nitrogen turns the older leaves yellow, while new growth comes in green. An immobile nutrient like iron, however, is essentially stuck in older leaves. If a plant runs out of iron, it will develop chlorosis in new leaves while earlier foliage stays green.

Aside from nitrogen, mobile plant nutrients include phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and nickel. Iron is joined in the immobile category by calcium, sulfur, boron, copper, manganese and zinc.

Once you’ve narrowed down the suspects to mobile or immobile nutrients, look for more clues in the way a leaf is turning yellow. Nitrogen and potassium deficiencies both appear in older leaves, for example, but while nitrogen chlorosis is relatively uniform across the leaf and its veins, potassium chlorosis tends to start on leaf edges and spaces between veins. Yellowing of new leaves could point to iron or calcium, but iron chlorosis is characterized by uniform yellowing with small, green veins. For more details, see the infographic below and this guide by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. If you’re curious about organic fertilizers, this overview by the Pacific Northwest Extension Service is a good place to start.

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Unlike a nutrient deficiency, whose symptoms are often distributed symmetrically in plant tissue, pest problems tend to develop in asymmetrical patterns. That includes damage by insects as well as leaf spots, a common indication of fungal or bacterial disease in plants.

Insect damage can lead to chlorosis in affected leaves, but it can also be managed safely with nontoxic methods like insect-repelling plants, neem oil and DIY organic pesticides. Most garden bugs are harmless or even helpful, though, so make sure you correctly identify the insects first.

There are several safe ways to control fungi in the garden, from crop rotation to baking-soda spray, but one of the first steps is often to manage soil moisture. Plants need water to grow, of course, but too much water can create favorable conditions for fungal pathogens.

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Even without harmful fungi, overwatering and underwatering can both lead to discolored leaves. That may seem confusing, but there are usually context clues about which is to blame. The soil around an overwatered plant is likely to be wet, for instance, and vice versa. Too much water may also lead to limp, floppy foliage, while the leaves of dehydrated plants are typically dry and brittle.

Overzealous watering isn’t the only reason plants drown. Certain soil types drain water slowly, an issue that can be resolved by planting in raised beds — hugelkultur, maybe — or adding sand to the soil. Damaged and compacted roots are another common cause of chlorosis, so protect roots when transplanting and give them enough space to grow in the ground (or a container).

And don’t forget about the sun. All the water and nutrients in the world won’t help if a plant is too short on sunlight, which can make its leaves droop and fade. Many garden plants like tomatoes and cucumbers need at least six hours of sun per day, preferably eight. But sunlight requirements vary among different kinds of plants, so do research on what your garden needs. Some plants, like broccoli and salad greens, can get by with significantly less direct sunlight per day.

For a quick visual reference about the different reasons why plants turn yellow, check out the infographic below, produced by organic gardening-supply company Safer Brand:”

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Source: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs/why-are-my-plants-turning-yellow#ixzz3fnWiZKSw


10 Herbs that Repel Pests – Dr. Sprinkler Repair, Mayberry-Highland Park NV (775) 387-0519

Dr. Sprinkler Repair’s licensed and insured sprinkler technicians work hard to keep your lawn hydrated – why let pests destroy what we’ve worked so keep alive? The following article by Jill from Hip Homeschool Moms will help you keep those pesky bothers out of your garden!

“Planting a garden is rewarding work, as long as you can keep the pests from getting to the plants before you do!

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There’s nothing more frustrating to gardeners than animals or insects that destroy the plants they’ve labored to grow. I’m sure we’ve all been there: soil testing, careful planting, weeding and watering, but instead of enjoying fruit from our labors, garden pests can destroy the plants one by one. Toxic insect sprays are not the only answer to maintaining a bug-free garden. I prefer to take a more natural approach to the problem by mixing herbs that will repel the insects in with the vegetables.

Planting herbs and vegetables that compliment each other together is what we call companion planting. When paired correctly, herbs can repel insects that would otherwise destroy the nearby plant. Here’s a list of 10 herbs that repel garden pests.

  • Basil repels mosquitoes, carrot fly, white fly, asparagus beetles
  • Catnip repels ants, weevils, squash bugs, aphids, beetles, cockroaches
  • Chamomile repels flying insects
  • Chives repels aphids, beetles, carrot fly
  • Dill repels squash bugs, spider mites, aphids, tomato hornworm, cabbage looper, the Small White
  • Garlic repels aphids, beetles, carrot fly, rabbits
  • Nasturtiums repels white fly, squash bugs, aphids, beetles, cabbage looper
  • Oregano repels several pests
  • Parsley repels asparagus beetle
  • Thyme repels corn earworm, white fly, tomato hornworm, cabbage looper, and maggot

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If you have your garden well under way this summer but find that pests are a problem for you, it’s not too late to do something about it! Many of these plants can be found at a local store or farmer’s market and planted next to the vegetables.”

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Source: http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2014/07/10-herbs-that-repel-garden-pests/

Dr. Sprinkler Repair, Mayberry-Highland Park, NV (775) 3870519 – How to Compost

Why buy expensive dirt and soil from the gardening section when you can make your own at home? Brittany Bailey at Pretty Handy Girl gives some great advice on composting!

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“Do you compost? Oh my gosh, if you don’t, why not?!!! It is easy, it’s great for the environment and it will result in amazing nutrient rich soil that surpasses anything you can buy from a store! Some of the additional benefits are that you will reduce the amount of trash you produce and keep things out of the landfill.

Now, I totally understand if you are living in the big city in an apartment and really don’t have space for compost let alone potted plants. But, if you have a yard, you really should be composting! It’s easy, it takes very little time and my little gardening BFFs (aka worms) do all the work for you.

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That’s right, they eat up all your kitchen and yard waste and turn it into beautiful black soil. How do they do it? Well, if I tell you, you have to promise that you won’t get grossed out. They poop it out. LOL. Yup, compost is decomposition and worm castings (a nicer word for worm poop.) Please don’t run away, find out how easy it is to create this magnificent garden soil.

Here’s the basics for how to compost and get top quality soil for your garden and landscaping for FREE!


  • Sealed bucket or container to store kitchen scraps (attractive Metal Compost Bins)
  • Spading Fork
  • Partially shaded spot in your yard (if you have pets, put a little wire mesh fencing around it to keep them from scoring extra food.)

What can be composted?

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  • Kitchen scraps
    • raw fruits
    • vegetables
    • egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and the filter
  • Newspapers, non-glossy cardboard, paper towels
  • Leaves (brown for carbon and green for nitrogen rich)
  • Grass clippings
  • Plant & flower clippings
  • Yard waste

What can’t be composted?

  • Meats
  • Dairy products
  • Processed foods
  • Plastic
  • Man made substances
  • Metals

Okay, you get the picture. Only raw fruits and veggies (and egg shell) kitchen scraps okay?

How to Compost:

Keep your compost bucket in your kitchen. We keep ours under the sink, but if you have a pretty container you can leave it on the countertop.

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After cutting veggies or fruit, toss the scraps in the bucket. Coffee grounds can get thrown in filter and all. Egg shells (believe it or not) are also great for your compost.

When the bucket is full, dump your scraps outside in the compost pile. Your pile doesn’t have to be anything special. Ours is simply a hole in the ground. A shady spot is ideal so the pile doesn’t get dried out. If you’ve had a dry spell for a while, go ahead and water the pile.

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Occasionally throw in some torn up strips of newspaper to add some “carbon” source to the pile. The key to a healthy compost is to have a good mixture of green (nitrogen rich) vs. brown (carbon rich) materials. Don’t overload on grass clippings or yard waste.

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Flip some fresh soil on top of the scraps and walk away! That’s it. What about my BFFs, the worms? If you start the pile, they will come. Trust me, they’ll find your pile. If you’re super antsy, you could buy some red wigglers from a fishing bait place, but honestly why bother? Soon you’ll have big fat overfed worms happily working for you for free. Go back in 2-3 weeks and check on the progress of your magnificent garden soil.

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I usually grab my magnificent soil from the bottom when I need it. But, you can split your pile in two. Use one side to add scraps to and let the other side “marinade” to perfection. Then switch sides. Frankly my little worm army works pretty fast. Within a month they have produced enough compost to fill some potted plants and more. I rarely buy soil anymore unless I need a huge amount.”

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“So, what’s your excuse for not composting? It better be a good one!” – Pretty Handy Girl

While you work on creating that beautiful, rich soil, we’ll help out with the rest of your lawn and/or garden. Call Dr. Sprinkler Repair (Mayberry-Highland Park, NV) today at (775) 387-0519 to get started!

Source: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/compost-gardenings-black-gold/

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