Although trees are lying dormant during the winter, they’re not immune to dry and cold conditions. Trees do experience the stress of cold winter weather, though they may not show it, and it is usually a lack of water that does a lot of damage. Heading into the winter with dried roots could mean a lot of trouble for trees during the spring. Although it might be wintry and gray outside, your trees still need your help. Long and dry periods without enough water can harm the root systems and hurt your trees. Although they might look normal during the spring, trees that have been harmed over the winter will typically die later in the summer. Read on to learn a few of the best winter tree watering tips!
When to Water Your Trees
Water acts a lot like an insulator, both to soil and a tree. Soil that stays moist will be much warmer. Likewise, plant cells that are plump with water will be a lot less susceptible to damage from the cold weather. trees that are dormant do not have to be watered as frequently during the growing season. When there is no snow cover and little precipitation, plan on watering your trees around one to two times a month until they start leafing out in the spring. If the site is very windy, your trees might need some more water too. Once the ground has thawed in the spring, you can resume your regularly scheduled watering. Water only when the temperature outside is above 40 degrees, and there is no new ice or snow on the ground around your trees. Water early in the day, so your plants have time to absorb it before the temperature starts to drop at night. Trees enjoy their water deep and slow. Newly planted trees require more watering more frequently.
Mulch is one of the top things to do for your trees heading into the winter season. Adding a layer of organic mulch during the fall will protect the soil from moisture and helps regulate soil temperature all throughout the winter. Planting sites which are a bit more exposed to freezing and thawing are much more prone to cracks in the soil, which could dry out a tree’s roots. Mulch is like a blanket and can stop this type of damage.
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