apple plant - Knowledgebase Question

Woodland Hills, Ca
Question by cruzwjean
February 25, 2010
I have a large hill in my front yard, which I have planted apple plant. Have of the hill is lush and green while the other half of the hill looks yellow. Is it that the lower part of the hill gets more water? What can I do to get the top of the hill to look nice without replacing with new apple plant?

Answer from NGA
February 25, 2010


I think you've identified the problem: nutrients and moisture are running down the hill faster than the plants can get their share. You may want to use a liquid fertilizer (such as the foliar feeder Miracle Gro) and adjust your watering to apply moisture slowly enough that the soil gets wet enough for the water to percolate down into the ground before it runs down hill. This may involve digging a shallow trench directly below the first row of plants to hold moisture. You may need to repeat these trenches every 8" from the top of the hill to a place where the plants naturally green up. You don't need to fill in the trenches, just allow the plants to grow over the tops of them to hide them. Best wishes with your project!

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