WATER - Knowledgebase Question

Corona, Ca
Question by tenmorita
May 12, 2009
Hello. My name is Daniel. We live in Corona, Ca. We are beginners of gardening. Our yard's soil is quality of clay and there is a lot of pebbles. We planted some Cordyline, Bird of Paradise, Lily of Nile, Queen palm tree in yard about two weeks ago. And we did sowing of lawn at the spot of bare yard about a month ago. But they will not reach full growth enough. We feed water to them three times a


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Answer from NGA
May 12, 2009

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Watering 3 times a day is excessive and you can damage the roots of your plants when you keep the soil constantly moist. Taper off until you are watering your lawn twice a week and your plants once a week. You need to apply water for long periods of time (about 15 minutes) and slowly so the water has a chance to percolate down into the soil. Infrequent, deep watering will moisten the soil deeply, which is where you want the roots to grow. Daily watering will make the roots remain close to the surface where they will rely on frequent watering and wilt when they don't get it. So, water deeply but no more than twice a week and your plants and lawn should be fine.

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