Solve a problem related to plants, water, or soil

The problem-solving process: Overview

Problems that can occur on an irrigated landscape may be visually obvious and appear fairly quickly, or they may be subtle and chronic, appearing gradually and manifesting fully only after a period of many weeks or months.

The "burned" or yellowed (chlorotic) leaves so often seen may be caused by any number of wholly unrelated stresses. For that reason, accurate diagnosis of a problem is challenging. Careful observation and study are the key, along with experience at solving such problems.

Solving a salt-related plant problem may involve changing how you manage the site's water systems, or even redesigning such systems. It also may involve such measures as adding soil amendments, adding amendments to the irrigation water, or mechanically aerating the soil. Ultimately, if all else fails, you may find it necessary to replant portions of the site with turfgrasses, trees, shrubs, and ground covers that are more salt-tolerant than before.

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