Why you’re watering your grass wrong

OK, by now you’re probably getting pretty tired of hearing about all the things you’re doing wrong in the garden. But to be honest, with the long list of constraints put on home gardeners, it’s a wonder we can get anything right.

We all know that the native dogwood (Cornus florida) for example, does best on a soil that is deep, rich, moist, and slightly acidic with a reasonable organic matter content and minimal competition from roots of other plants. But exactly where does that exist? Maybe on the mythical planet Gardentopia. Last I checked, and despite years of effort, I still have poorly drained, heavy, and nearly neutral pH soil that is overpopulated by roots from the neighbor’s big ash tree.