Winter Water!

It’s been warm and windy here lately and winter watering is critical right now.   Trees and shrubs are in danger of not making it through the winter or may get so stressed they won’t leaf out or flower as well as they should.  Some evergreens have not gone dormant because it’s been warm and they need to be watered.  The little bit of snow we have had lately is not enough.

It’s very dry here in Colorado even in times when we have moisture.  If you have trees that are three or four years old it’s very important to winter water.  Trees and shrubs that are young and don’t have fully established root systems need a good soak at least once a month during this time.  If you have young trees, right now they are in danger of not making it through this dry winter.

We’ve learned that even trees that make it through a drought can have lasting effects from not enough water.  Aspen trees in the mountains are dying four or five years after a drought even though it appears they get enough water in later years.  It’s very stressful for the tree.

If you have a deep root watering feeder, go out as far as the limbs extend and stick it in the ground and move it around the tree every couple of feet to make sure it gets a good soak.   Don’t stick the tool in near the base of the tree.  The roots extend as far out as the limbs go and that’s where you need the water.

If you don’t have a deep root tool and don’t want to drag the hose around just fill a watering can or bucket to water the trees and shrubs.  If you have a dam of earth or mulch around the tree fill it with water and let it soak in.  If you can use the hose then turn it on slow and let it fill the dam.  When you’re walking by give your perennials give them a little too.  They will thank you.


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Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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2 Responses to Winter Water!

  1. Maija Valdez says:

    I was wondering where I could apply to be an apprentice.

    • pbodwell says:

      To apply to be an apprentice you watch Rob’s Sunday Segment on Channel 9 @ 8:15am. In February or March he will ask for anyone interested to send in two paragraphs on why you would like to be an apprentice. Apprentices are selected from those who have applied. Each new crop is an apprentice from Spring through Winter and then another crop is selected for the next year. If you subscribe to Rob Proctor’s Facebook page there will also be a notification there when it is time. Keep watching Rob at 8:15am on Thursday on MY20, Comcast 5 and 8:15am on Sunday’s Channel 9 to make sure you see when the next batch can apply.

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