Why are the Plants in My Summer Garden Dying?

Posted on Aug 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Fran Oneto

Why are the Plants in My Summer Garden Dying?It takes time, effort, and money to plant a garden that you can enjoy throughout the summer. It can be very disappointing and frustrating if those plants start to die off. If the plants in your summer garden are dying there are a number of potential reasons why. They may need more water, better soil, a different climate, or protection from threats such as disease and pests.

Inadequate water

The scorching heat of late summer can cause serious problems for plants. It can be difficult to keep your plants watered appropriately when the temps continue to rise. If the plants in your summer garden are dying look at how often you water them. Do you need to water them more often? Would changing the time of day you water them make a difference? Experiment with how much water you give your plants and when you water them. You may find that switching up one or both of these elements makes a big difference in their health.

Poor soil

Poor soil is a factor you should consider if the plants in your garden are dying. Sometimes the balance of nutrition is off in the soil leading to a toxic situation for some types of plants. In other situations the soil is simply devoid of nutrition and cannot provide the plants with what it needs. If you have poor soil you can boost it with additives and fertilizer. You can have your soil tested to find out the specific elements it needs to help your plants begin to thrive.

Wrong climate

All plants are native to some type of environment. If the plants in your garden are not thriving it may be because they are not meant for the climate where you live. For example, if you live in a dry part of the country then tropical plants are not a good choice for your summer garden. You may be able to get them to survive but it will take a lot of work and water. Sticking with plants that are native to your climate will significantly improve your chances of keeping them alive.


Disease is a serious threat to plants during the summer. There are a number of elements that can impact how susceptible your plants are to disease. For example, under or over watering can both increase the likelihood of your plants developing disease. Poor soil can also weaken the defenses that your plants have against disease. If you see any signs of disease in your plants then take action to eradicate it and hopefully save your plants.


Pests can eat away at the leaves and roots of the plants in your summer garden. Pest activity can cause your plants to look bad and in some cases kill them off. A telltale sign of pest activity is damage to the leaves of a plant. Holes throughout the leaves or edges that have been eaten away are both indicators of pest activity. You can protect the plants in your summer garden from pests with natural and chemical pest control options.

Consider each of the factors mentioned above as you attempt to save the plants in your summer garden. Ultimately, all plants have a life cycle and it may be that your plants are simply done growing. If you suspect that one or some of these factors are impacting the health of your plants you can bring in a professional to help you identify and treat the core issue.

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Topics: Gardens, Summer Lawn & Yard Care