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Winter Garden Care: Winter Watering

Winter Garden Care: Winter Watering

Because of Colorado’s dry climate, winter watering is a crucial step for Rocky Mountain Gardeners, especially when there is little or no snow cover. Without supplemental water during the cold months, your tree, shrub, and flower bed root systems can be damaged, possibly leading to plant death.

Avoid freezing damage and winter kill by watering one to two times per month in the winter season. Be sure to water when the soil and air temperatures are at least 40° with no snow cover on the ground so that the water can penetrate the soil. You’ll want to water during the middle of the day to ensure saturation before the temperature drops in the evening. Always remember to disconnect and drain your hose to prevent freezing damage – do not use your sprinkler unless advised otherwise by your gardener or landscaper.

Repeated freezing and thawing of the ground and soil can create cracks in the earth and flower beds, which can expose the root systems to more severe drying. Winter watering and mulching help to curb dehydration, fill the ground cracks, and prevent plant damage.

One more tip in keeping those more delicate plants healthy is using WILT-PRUF Plant Protector. It guards against moisture loss and protects valuable shrubs from winter kill, drought and winds that will pull all the moisture out of the plant. WILT-PRUF acts as a protective coating, holding in moisture on plant foliage and stems, substantially reducing water loss during winter months. This should be applied monthly for those more delicate plants.

Contact Personal Touch Gardening for assistance on all your landscape needs during the winter months or for more information on winter watering.

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