When Should I Stop Watering my Trees?
Setting a Seasonal Schedule
November 19, 2020
After the summer barbecues simmer and autumn leaves fall, we start to put away the yard maintenance tools. But wait! What about the watering can? When is it safe to stop watering trees and other outdoor plants? Learn more about how to gauge your seasonal watering schedule.
Schedule for Watering Trees
All plants need the proper amount of water, especially new seedlings and young plants. Any watering schedule relies on certain factors, such as plant type, climate, and weather. Typically plants need the most water during the hottest months of summer. So what about the coldest months of winter?
Even under a blanket of snow and ice, plant roots can get thirsty. This is why it’s important to ensure they get a good long drink before the frost sets in. However, you don’t want to water too much or it could lead to disease.
If it hasn’t rained for a while and frost isn’t in the forecast, you’re free to water trees through the fall. If you live in an area that doesn’t get frost until later in the winter, the timeline extends until temperatures reach freezing for a few days straight.
Watering Plants in Winter
Winter gardens also need enough moisture to survive the season. A watering schedule can last until the ground freezes. It’s best to water in the morning so the soil has time to soak up the moisture. Water less frequently when temps drop below 40-degrees. Don’t worry too much about your summer annuals at this point. They’re destined to die after the first hard frost.
If you have a certain tree or plant you want to help protect in the winter, contact Elite Tree Care or your local garden center for tips. For some plants, it could be as easy as bringing them inside over the winter to help them last longer.