Why Should You Water Your Trees This Winter.
Even though my yard received 7 inches of snow this past weekend, 2018 was a dry year for Colorado. 66% of the state is still experiencing some level of drought. Agriculture usually feels the effect of drought during the first year of a really bad drought, but the second year is when homeowners will start to feel the consequences of our lack of water.
Watering your landscape throughout the winter is crucial if we are not getting moisture. Water to a depth of 12 inches since the majority of your tree’s roots are in the top 6-24 inches of soil. Ideally your trees should be watered three times in September, and then cut back to once or twice a month October through March. Water young trees that are not established and evergreens twice monthly if possible.
Most tree roots extend two to four times the diameter of the tree’s crown. A storm that produces one inch of rain provides a little less than 2/3 of a gallon per square foot. Keep in mind that one inch of snow does not equal one inch of rain! According to NOAA, on average, thirteen inches of snow equals one inch of rain.
Lack of moisture in the months of October through March can cause damage to the root system of plants which then affects their overall health. Drought stress will begin to appear in late spring and summer when the temperatures begin to rise and precipitation amounts decrease. Stressed plants are also more susceptible to disease and insects.
Make sure that you water on days where the low temperatures will stay above freezing and the daytime temperatures are above 40 degrees. Water earlier in the day so the water has a chance to soak in to the ground before temperatures decrease at night. Disperse the water evenly around the whole tree underneath the canopy and roughly three feet from the trunk.
Source: CO Hort Extension, Andie Wommack, Douglas County Extension
Well this is tedious...trying to find a protection solution for these fruit trees, I have a row of 9 along the back of the house. Only 2 are full of fruit so I thought I would try bags this year. I’ve only really got through half one tree, so I guess I can keep chipping away at it. Doing it this way means I can thin and inspect the fruit as I go. Might need a different solution in the future!
Kinda wishing I had espaliered them into a flat fence for ease of netting 🤷🏼♀️ Maybe it’s not too late? #fruittree#espalierfruittrees
Our big birds (three geese, four ducks and a silkie chicken) get soaked Austrian winter peas everyday as a treat. Sometimes they put themselves in their pen at night and wait and sometimes we have herd them in. My favorite part is when I call them and they quack/honk/cluck back
Now we know that Maggie the dog likes the soaking water. This silly dog only drinks rain water puddles outside. Also she will only eat her food out of a box. 🤷♀️