The Importance of Fall and Winter Watering

Remember Spring, that wonderful season when your trees and shrubs were green and flowering, your

landscape was thriving, and you couldn’t wait to be outside to enjoy them. Then came Summer, hot and

dry with no rain in sight, and you found yourself watering what felt like all the time. The dry hot Summer and now Fall has not been kind to our plants. We have not had enough water these last few months and our trees and shrubs are very thirsty!


WE RECOMMEND WATERING YOUR TREES AND SHRUBS BY THOROUGHLY SOAKING THEM AT THE BASE AS IF IT HAS RAINED FOR AN ENTIRE DAY. IT’S NOT ONLY IMPORTANT TO SOAK YOUR PLANTS, BUT ALSO THE SOIL AROUND THEM.


Continue to check the soil every three days or so, and if the soil is dry, thoroughly soak them again. This may sound like a lot of water at one time to put on your tree or shrub, but don’t worry! The soil is so dry you cannot overwater them in one day, and the excess water will simply run off into the soil. To make watering easier, you can attach a timer on your water bib outside so that the water will shut off

if you are not home. Move the hose to the next tree or shrub and set the timer again to insure you

don’t waste any water, especially during these drought conditions.


Your plants are thirsty and they need a good drink of water before they go to sleep for the winter. Watering right before the ground freezes will ensure your trees and shrubs have a much-needed drink of water when they begin to wake up and the ground thaws. If not, they might not thrive in the Spring or even survive.


To protect your investment, be sure to follow the planting and watering instructions given to you when you purchase your new trees or shrubs. Remember, you can still plant most trees and shrubs right up until the ground freezes, just be sure to give them a good long drink of water after you plant. If you have any questions on how to water your plants this fall and winter, call or stop into Iowa Outdoor Products and visit with one of our garden specialists. They are happy to help with any concerns you might have.


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