In Colorado, you never know what the weather might entail. One day can be warm and sunny, while the next brings in the cold and snow. Not only is hard for our bodies to keep up with the temperature demands, its also hard on our landscaping.
While it may be easy to forget, winter watering is just as important to your outside plants as watering is during the summer months. Colorado winters may bring cold temperatures during the nighttime, but daylight can find extended warm, dry, windy spells that dry out your plants, trees and bushes.
By mid to end of October, your sprinkler systems and hoses should all be turned off and disconnected. But watering shouldn’t stop there. Keep your hoses within reach for the months of November through March. If four weeks elapse without rain or snow accumulation, its time to hook up the hose and provide water to your landscaping.
Make sure you water in the mid morning to early afternoon hours to give water a chance to soak into the ground before nightly freezes. Water for about 30 minutes in each location. For trees, water between the edge of the branches halfway to the tree trunk, which is where tree roots absorb the most water.
Especially in older houses where trees are older and have a larger root system, they can be your number one problem with outside plumbing issues. If trees and bushes don’t have the water they need, they will search out a source. And often times the source becomes your water main or sewer line. Tree roots will bear into these pipes in search of water, causing tiny cracks within the pipes themselves. As the tiny cracks turn into larger ones, your home is at risk for major plumbing issues.
To avoid plumbing problems down the road, schedule your winter watering schedule. Your home and landscaping will thank you.