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A good landscape and garden begins with a good design. To learn how Xeriscaping can enhance your home and save you money on your water bill, read The 7 Principles of Xeriscape. You will also find information on water saving Bluegrass alternatives in this document.

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Don’t Forget to Winter Water!

Limited snowfall, low humidity, minimal soil moisture and variable temperatures can produce significant damage to trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns. To keep your landscape plants healthy and to promote good root development, we’re sharing a few tips on proper winter watering.

During the fall and winter seasons (October through March), we recommend watering twice per month, depending on weather, temperature and soil conditions. Consistent moisture is needed because drought-stressed plants are more vulnerable to disease and insect infestations, as well as gradual decline and death of branches and twigs.

Most of a tree’s absorbing roots are in the top 12 inches of soil, and the entire root system can extend beyond two or three times the height of the tree. To deliver moisture to the whole system, it’s important to apply water deeply and slowly to several areas within (and just outside) the area that is shaded by the tree. This is known as the dripline.

The best conditions for watering is when the ground is free from snow and not frozen, and the temperature is above 40 degrees. Using a soaker hose, soft spray wand or deep root fork or needle, apply 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree. For example, a two-inch diameter tree will need 20 gallons per watering. On trees over eight inches in diameter, use 15 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter.

Don’t forget your shrubs and other perennial plants, especially those that have been newly planted, and south- and west-facing lawn areas. Hand watering these areas during dry winters can help prevent damage caused by turf mites.

If you’re interested to learn more about keeping your trees, shrubs and perennials happy during the winter, this article goes into greater detail.