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Watering Plants During Winter

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When the weather outside is dangerously cold and snow is covering the land as far as the eye can see. Many gardeners wonder if they should continue to water their plants. In many places, where the area sees less snow and ice during the winter, watering is a good idea, especially if you have young plants that are just establishing themselves in your garden. Watering plants during winter is recommended, just far less than usual.

Water Below, Not Above

Supplemental winter watering is vital if you are not prone to heavy snow or ice. Your plants are dormant, yet they’re not dead-during dormancy. Plants still have some basic metabolic functions that can only be driven with water collected from the soil. Roots have a tendency to drying in the winter, causing permanent damage to perennials.

Watering plants near freezing temperatures may sound crazy, however the newly wet soil will not freeze and injure roots. With covers for protection against the wind and ice, as well as watering early in the day, the water you give your plants can actually be protective against night time freezing. The water traps heat and helps the area around your plant stay a little bit warmer than the air around your plant. When coupled with insulated covers, this extra heat can protect your plants from damage.

How Much Water?

Just like Sod or turf grass, during winter your plants won’t need as much water during their dormancy as would in the spring and summer months. Be sure to water them deeply a few times a month.

Trees and larger landscape perennials should be watered between the trunk and the drip line for best results. Smaller plants can be watered near their crowns. but make sure that the ground doesn’t stay soggy. Over watering cause a hazard for plants from root rot as well as suffocation.  As a rule of thumb,

  • Water when the soil is dry to the touch.
  • The temperature is not below 40 F. (4 C.)
  • The wind isn’t blowing if possible. Winds can dry out the water faster.

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5 Ways To Save On Lawn Care

Only 5 Simple Steps to Follow

To maintain your lawn, yard and landscape we suggest 5 ways to save on lawn care.  A beautiful yard is peaceful, colorful and offers a serenity to home.

compost

Add compost. This will improve your soil and eliminate pests and diseases, which means less money spent on organic fertilizer and water. Apply a quarter-inch of top-dressing compost once or twice a year, including right after your lawn has greened up. Going over the lawn with an aerator first will help mix the organic matter into the soil.

Water-wise

Water wisely. An established lawn needs about 1 inch of water per week in the growing season. A light daily watering will encourage shallow root systems. Instead, water thoroughly once a week, using a 1-inch deep empty tuna can as a makeshift measuring device. Early morning is best, say before 8 a.m., when evaporation rates are low and more water is absorbed into the soil. Also, don’t be afraid to let grass turn brown during dry spells. Most species can easily go a month without water. It’s time to water again when the grass goes from tan-brown to straw-colored.

grass-mulch

Mulch, don’t bag. Your grass clippings are a free source of slow-release fertilizer, so let the mower discharge the clippings back onto your grass rather than bagging them. This can cut fertilizer costs by up to 30 percent. The only time to bag clippings is when your lawn is having a disease breakout, often signaled by irregular brown patches or rings in the lawn.

Zoysia

Use low-maintenance grasss. Slow-growth, drought-resistant grass species save water, fertilizer, and time. Your local cooperative extension can help you find species that are right for your climate, soil, and lifestyle. Tall fescue is a low-maintenance alternative in the Northeast that can withstand heavy foot traffic, good for homes with active kids. Zoysia and seashore paspalum are easygoing newcomers in the South, while buffalo grass is popular west of the Mississippi.

blade replacement

Maintain your mower or tractor. Sharp blades cut cleaner and faster, and along with basic engine maintenance can reduce fuel costs by up to 25 percent. Dull blades also stress grass, making it more susceptible to disease. For best results, sharpen and balance the blade three times during the growing season.

If your schedule does not adhere enough time to maintain your yard, I’d like to suggest a lawn maintenance package from Planosod.com  We offer very competitive prices and the best customer service.  Call today for a free estimate.

 

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