As winter rolls in and temperatures fall, please continue to water your garden. Why? Watering keeps your landscape healthy. Winter’s cold weather, low humidity, and strong winds can dry out plants and damage their roots. So keep watering—and keep the following tips in mind as you do.
- Water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees F.
- Before watering, check the root ball. If it is wet, you do not need to water.
- Apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before possible freezing temperatures at night.
- Direct water to the roots, not the leaves.
- Apply enough water to thoroughly wet the roots. Shallow watering is not good for your plants.
And here’s something to think about while planning next spring’s landscape: Where you place plants in your garden will affect their watering needs. Plants located next to buildings, walls, and fences will receive reflected heat from those structures and are more subject to damage. In addition, plants in windy locations will experience faster-drying soil and will need more water.
As always, get in touch with the pros at Art of Stone Gardening, Georgia for on site consultations and more great landscaping ideas.