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Should I Water My Plants In the Winter

November 1, 2016
Author:
Brad Bippus

Often this is not even a question that is asked. But, because the weather in Northern Arizona is unpredictable, watering can be necessary. This is a primary concern if you’ve just planted your plants, trees or shrubs this year. If you have new trees and shrubs, you should be watering your plants every 3 to 4 weeks. Of course, this is only the case if we have no rain or snow. Because it is not recommended to turn on your irrigation system during the winter months, you should be using a hose or a bucket of water. Sadly, you will have to go back to the cave man era of watering during the winter season.

Should I water my established plants in the winter?

Should I Water My Plants in the Winter

Should I be watering my plants even if they are established? And the answer is……yes. Even if you have an established lawn, bushes, and trees, you should be watering them every month. For example, if you turned your irrigation systems off in October and Flagstaff received no rain or snow between then and Thanksgiving, you should go out and water your plants around Thanksgiving.  If we have no precipitation between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Christmas is a great time to water your plants.  If we have had snow and there still is snow on the ground then you do not need to water your plants.  Only water your plants if it is or has been completely dry.  If you’re walking around the yard and notice the plants are dusty, then that is a great signed that your plants need to be watered.

Some years this is not even a consideration because we get so much snow and rain over the winter.  But, there’re plenty of winters that we see no or barely any precipitation. These are the winters that you should be watering plants.  If people are talking about forest fires in the winter and how dry it is, definitely think about watering your plants. This way your plants can come out of winter healthy and not stressed out.

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