Winter watering

Spectacular day today in Denver. Clear blue skies, bright sunshine, light breeze, 60°. Perfect day for the kids to go skiing and me to water all my new plantings from last spring. Young trees and shrubs, bone-dry now. A major investment to protect. Evergreen plants are not dormant in the winter; they continue to transpire and need water! Time to go move the hoses again. Are you watering your evergreens (broadleafs and conifers)? Locally, the horticulturists aren’t discriminating; they’re advising us to water all our trees this winter.


    1. I was surface-watering with sprinklers to cover as much ground as I could as fast as possible. I do have a watering spike and hope to employ it on the next warm afternoon. (Need to get a second one so I can do front and back at the same time.) For now I just have to hope the subsoil hasn’t gotten too dry. Crossing my fingers for moisture the next couple of days. 60% chance tomorrow and 50% Thursday is better odds than we’ve seen for a long time. Seems like I’m always in the dry spot, though. 😦

      1. Need to get some new hoses for watering next winter. I bought the best, toughest ones I could find a couple of years ago. Turns out uncoiling them in winter is like trying to uncoil copper tubing, and recoiling them is impossible.

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