Tis the Season…Time to Winter Water

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Caring for Your Landscape, Landscape Inspiration | 0 comments

Garden of Lights at the Gardens on Spring Creek

Garden of Lights at the Gardens on Spring Creek

What a festive reminder to winter water our gardens in Colorado. This season has been exceptionally dry and warm and we are likely to stay in drought according to the NOAA’s climate prediction center. Our intense sun and drying winds coupled with drought make supplemental water crucial for our plants especially our conifers and broadleaf evergreens to survive and thrive.

Here are some Fall and Winter Watering Guidelines

  • water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees F
  • apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before freezing at night
  • soak to a depth of about 12″ around the drip line of the tree or shrub
  • water about once per month if we are not receiving any moisture, remember 1′ of snow = 1″ of water so a dusting is not enough
  • new plants will require water about every 2 weeks
  • plants with south or west exposure that receive reflected heat from buildings are more subject to damage

I drag a hose around with a little square spray sprinkler on the end and move it about every 15 minutes. You can also use soaker hoses or water by hand but it takes a bit to get enough water around the root system to make a difference. The goal is about 5 gal of water per shrub and 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree trunk per watering.

For a fun evening out and Christmas inspiration, check out the Garden of Lights at the Gardens on Spring Creek

Gardens on Spring Creek, Ft. Collins, Colorado

Gardens on Spring Creek, Ft. Collins, Colorado

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