In Colorado, Hydrating Trees During the Fall and Winter Can Be Tricky

In Colorado, Hydrating Trees During the Fall and Winter Can Be Tricky

Colorado experienced an abnormally hot summer and an unseasonably mild fall in 2018.

But a few weeks into October, temperatures dropped quickly and soon much of the Front Range was covered by its first snowfall of the season.

Residents rejoiced at the powdery precipitation, fully expecting cooler temperatures to finally settle in across much of the state. But within a few days the barometer was back up to the mid-70s to the disbelief of many.

The predicted cold spell caused many residents and businesses to blow out their sprinkler systems early in order to protect them from temperatures which dropped into the teens.

While the precaution was warranted, the moisture provided by sprinkler systems is now complete until the spring.

Colorado is known for dry soil conditions and fluctuating temperatures throughout the fall and winter months. Oftentimes there is very little soil moisture from October through March leaving trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns under condition of extreme drought.

These conditions can often lead to root systems dying off with irreversible damage.

Here are a few things to remember during the fall and winter of Colorado:

  • During prolonged periods of dry, warm weather, water trees, shrubs, lawns and perennials to prevent root damage which can affect the health of the entire plant. At least twice a month.
  • Only water when the air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees (with no snow cover on the ground). Apply mid-day for the maximum absorption without freezing.
  • Remember, large trees have roots that spread equal to or greater than the height of the tree, so watering trees with a quick sprinkle from a watering can will not accomplish very much. Use a hose on the very base of the tree for twenty minutes for a truly deep watering.

Fall and winter never fully arrives here in Colorado, which is why you need to make sure your trees, shrubs, lawns and perennials stay hydrated from October through March.

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