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Moreno Valley, CA
myindianlaureltree
Oct 28, 2017 3:18 PM CST
I live in a zone 10 area Riverside, CA. I bought an Indian Laurel tree Feb 2017. Before I planted the tree I did a soil test by filing the hole with water and the next day the water was gone so so I can plant the tree. It was doing fine until last month. The tip of the leaves was turning brown and some of the leaves where yellowish green. Now Itโ€™s October 2017 and the leaves are turning brown and falling of the tree and its loosing its leaves. I was told this was an evergreen tree. Green leaves all year round.

I bought a moisture meter. I check the soil every week before I water. I havenโ€™t watered it yet as it said Moist on my meter. Is my tree dying?
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porkpal
Oct 28, 2017 5:01 PM CST
Did you water it in when you planted it?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 28, 2017 9:16 PM CST
I can think of 3 possibilities: You aren't watering deeply enough, you have a drainage problem or you have salt buildup. Dig down a little bit and see if the soil is wet (as your moisture meter is indicating). The other thing that moisture meters measure is salt. If the soil is dry but the meter indicates wet, you have a salt problem.

When you water, are you watering deeply enough? Watering deeply means put your hose on barely trickle and let it run under the tree until the water starts to puddle. That should take at least an hour or so (or even a day or so, depending upon your soil). If it only takes a few minutes, you have a drainage problem.
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Moreno Valley, CA
myindianlaureltree
Oct 29, 2017 1:31 PM CST
I used to water it up all the way until it puddles up. Then after 2 months I water it every other day cuz that would've adjusted. Salt! How can I fix it?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 29, 2017 1:55 PM CST
In your first post, I understood you to say you watered once a week. Now, you are saying you were watering every day but now every other day. Once a week was probably more appropriate. I think you are overwatering.

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Moreno Valley, CA
myindianlaureltree
Oct 29, 2017 9:34 PM CST
Okay thanks. I will check with my moisture meter then I'll water it again. Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿพ
Moreno Valley, CA
myindianlaureltree
Nov 13, 2017 10:17 PM CST
Dear all that responded:

Thank you for all your suggestions. To Daisyl, I did stop watering every other day. I follow my moisture meter ad I only water when it says Dry. Now I see tiny leaves are now coming out (knock on wood) I hope it will continue.

Thanks all!!!

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