We had no right to challenge his choices in spite of our lives being tied to his as tightly as a water-logged knot.
Yellowing is a common sign of water-logged roots, and if accompanied by wilting may be due to drought.
" quicksand," loose water-logged sand, readily yielding to weight or pressure, and "quicksilver," the common name of the metal mercury.
If the latter is too compact or has its interstices filled with carbon dioxide gas or with water - as is the case when the ground is water-logged - the roots rapidly die of suffocation just as would an animal under the same conditions.
If the soil holds too much it becomes water-logged and its temperature falls below the point for healthy growth, at any rate of the kinds of plants.