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Winter Watering Tips


Winter Watering Tips

Many people mistakenly think it is unnecessary to water their lawns in the winter season. However, winters in the Front Range are known for periodic dry spells—often in January and February in particular.



Dried Out Winter Lawn

In order to ensure your lawn receives adequate moisture it is important to continue watering during these dry stretches. Here are some winter grass watering tips for your lawn, as well as tips for watering your trees this winter season to ensure they are healthy when spring arrives:

  • Water only when temperatures are 40° F or above and the soil is unfrozen.
  • Water in the morning to allow the moisture to soak in before the ground freezes over at night
  • Your automatic sprinkler system should be turned off in the winter, so a wand sprinkler is a good. alternative.
  • One trick for estimating how long to water your lawn is to put out cups to catch the water. Allow the cups to catch .5” to 1” of water before you cease watering.
  • Water slowly and deeply to promote a deep root system.
  • Don’t forget to water your trees!
  • Evergreen trees in particular need moisture throughout the winter since they never lose their leaves and therefore never go into a dormant period (unlike deciduous trees).
  • Also focus on newly planted trees and shrubs.
  • Again—water slowly and deeply (1-2 feet deep at a time) to encourage a deep root systems.
  • A general rule is to use 10 gallons of water for each inch of the tree’s diameter.
  • A deep root fork, a soaker hose, and a soft spray tree wand are great tools for providing trees with winter moisture.
  • Apply a layer of mulch near the base of the trees about 2-4 inches thick to help improve moisture absorption.
  • Always remember to disconnect your hose after use to prevent freeze damage.