The eleventh largest state in the United States is Utah. It measures 84,900 square miles, with the length running 350 miles while its width measuring 270 miles.

In its vast landscape and lush environment, you can expect areas teeming with bugs such as spiders, beetles, ants, and centipede. Some of these may be pests that can creep into your homes or damage your plants.

Securing quarterly pest control service may do the trick in keeping these nasty bugs away from your homes.

A study by Utah State University said that there may be other causes or mistakes that may lead to damage in plants inside your house or your garden. Check the following cause and remedies to solve your plant issues.

Herbicide damage

An herbicide is primarily used to kill unwanted plants such as weed. As it is toxic to plants, drift or misuse of this substance can kill other greens in your garden.

A sign of herbicide damage may be seen if the leaves become yellowed, twisted, deformed, wilted, or narrowed.

To prevent this, it is important to follow the directions on the herbicide’s label. Before spraying, you should also check the wind direction. If you can, postpone its usage if it is windy. If you cannot help but use it on a breezy day, try spraying with lower pressure.

You should also not use the herbicide spray equipment and refill it with insecticides or fungicides.

Drought or overwatering

You can cause harm to your plants and trees by simply neglecting to water it, especially during the dry season. Utah is considered a dry state and this should be considered in the irrigation of plants.

Stress due to drought may be seen on plants when the leaves are yellow, rolled, wilted or scorched. It may also cause premature leaf death or the tree to decline.

Meanwhile, overwatering can lead to canopy dieback, yellowing or necrosis of the leaves, wilting. If severe, it can result in the death of the tree.

Overwatering will saturate the soil and may starve the roots of the plant from oxygen.

To address this, it is important to identify the plant or tree to know how much water it needs. Deep watering near the roots, even though less frequent, is also more effective than shallow, frequent watering.

Analyzing the texture of the soil and its water capacity will also help.

Deicing salt damage

When melting ice or snow, deicing salt used may be left on the soil surrounding plants. Excessive salt will leave damage on leaves and needles such as yellowing or necrosis. It can also lead to plant death.

Minimizing the use of deicing salt near plants will address this. You can also gather snow in an area away from plants before using salt.

Improper planting

Before planting, it is important to know the needs of the tree, including the type of soil needed or how deep or wide the planting hole should be. Even the non-removal of the burlap can cause tree stress or decline.

Determine the plant that you want and match its requirements with the planting site. It will also help to assess the environmental conditions and soil first to prevent issues.