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There are three distinct soil types - clay, loam and sandy. Each has a different ability to absorb water and therefore your watering strategy will be determined in part by the type of soil you have.

Coarse sandy soil has large air spaces that quickly fill with water, but also lose water quickly to the subsoil, requiring shorter more frequent watering. Heavier clay or silt soil has numerous smaller spaces that absorb water slowly and hold it longer than sandy soil. Loam type soil falls in between, holding water longer than sandy soil, but not as long as heavy clay soils.