Your Questions Answered: Watering Your Trees and Shrubs for Winter Survival

Your Questions Answered: Watering Your Trees and Shrubs for Winter Survival

The most important and pressing task for the fall season is watering your trees and shrubs in preparation for winter, so don’t put your hose away yet! The coming season can really affect your plants and their water sources, so it’s important to water and have your plants not be under stress going into winter. Here are a few things to remember when watering your trees and shrubs before winter sets in.

When Should I Water?

Water regularly throughout the autumn season and keep watering your trees and shrubs until the first hard frost of the season. Continue watering right up until the ground begins to freeze which is usually around Thanksgiving or longer.

How Much Should I Water?

Remember that watering deeply at wider intervals is better than frequent, lighter watering. Water deeply and thoroughly. The Ross Root Feeder will deliver water directly to the roots (picture to the left) when the hose is connected to it. You can also, water effectively by placing the hose at the base of each plant and letting it trickle for 15 minutes. For large trees, water around the entire drip line so as to deliver moisture to all the roots. Give special attention to plants installed this year and last as well. 

Should I Water During the Winter?

Keeping your plants hydrated through the winter is important when it comes to keeping your trees and shrubs healthy and getting them ready for the seasons to come. To keep the soil moist throughout the winter, it can be helpful to make sure there is plenty of snow evenly spread around the roots of your plants. 

Watering in preparation for winter is the most important fall chore you have in your outdoor living space, so don’t delay! Get out there and get your plants ready to endure the cold winter months.


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