Dry air and low precipitation are prevailing characteristics of a Colorado winter.  Although snow provides much-needed moisture to plant materials it is usually not enough, and homeowners need to water landscape plants during the winter months, especially newly-installed landscape plants and turfgrass.  Unfortunately, watering has to be done by hand if the irrigation system has been winterized for the season.  Hook up a garden hose to an outdoor faucet and apply 1 to 2 gallons per newly-planted shrub and 5 to 10 gallons per newly-planted tree.  Thoroughly water sod areas.  Don’t forget to disconnect and drain hoses when finished.

It is recommended to water non-established plants and sod one to two times per month when there has been little to no precipitation.   Try to water on a day when temperatures reach at least 40°F.  It is best to water midday so that the water has a chance of being absorbed into the ground.   Following these guidelines should lead to a great start in the spring.

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