Garden chores of the month: December

December is the month when the ground freezes and plant materials go dormant.  While most people’s attention is focused on the holidays it’s important to not forget about watering your newly installed plant materials and turfgrass.

  • Enjoy the winter landscape.
  • Conduct winter watering as needed:

A Colorado Springs winter is typically characterized by very dry weather conditions.  Thus, it’s necessary to water your landscape after sprinkler systems are shut down for the season in order to ensure the survival of plants.  Most well-established plants should be able to survive without supplemental water, although a little water wouldn’t hurt them.  It’s the recently planted ones that are most worrisome.

A thorough watering should be done at least every three weeks if there hasn’t been any significant precipitation.  Be sure to water after the day time temperature reaches at least 40 degrees to allow water to absorb into the soil.

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