Winter watering is important to our region’s community forest. When sprinklers are turned off, most plants and lawns hibernate, but your trees still need care. Remember that winter in the Truckee Meadows is often characterized by dry air, dry soil and significant temperature swings – all of which can stress your trees. The need for winter watering may not be obvious, but trees need water during dry spells. To help keep your trees healthy, follow these winter watering tips:
- Water your trees every two to four weeks if there is no significant rain or snow. A healthy, sufficiently watered tree can withstand strong winds and freezing temperatures far better than one that is dry and stressed.
- Apply water when temperatures are above 40 degrees and early enough in the day that the water will not freeze overnight.
- Avoid spraying water on the trunks, as it increases the risk of frost injuries.
Be sure to disconnect and drain your hoses once you’re done watering too!
This is an excerpt from the TMWA January Newsletter.