Watering trees, shrubs and evergreens — keep at it

October 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM Leave a comment

Watering trees, shrubs & evergreens — keep at it

Although the heat of summer has passed and the cooler temperatures and periodic showers of fall have arrived, watering trees and shrubs is still the single most important fall chore this year, so don’t put the hose away yet!

Why? Because dry conditions persist in our area, even though we are having more rain.  Information from the Midwest Regional Climate Center, NASA and others indicates that the soil moisture available to plants remains extremely low.  Trees and shrubs cannot get adequate moisture from rain under these conditions.


Here’s what you need to do throughout the fall and into winter:

 Water deeply and thoroughly. The Ross Root Feeder, which we featured earlier this season as a watering aid, will deliver water directly to the roots when the hose is connected to it. If you have kept up a watering schedule all summer and your soil is not bone dry, you can also water effectively by placing the hose at the base of each plant and letting it trickle for 15 minutes.

 Water around the entire plant. For large trees, water around the entire drip line so as to deliver moisture to all the roots. This will prevent the death of select branches.  Give special attention to plants installed this year or last.

 Establish a routine of watering so that you do not miss any trees or shrubs. Make sure that each location in your garden gets a deep watering.  Watering some plants during each of your watering-allowed days will help keep a big job manageable.

 Continue this activity right up to hard frost. If the winter remains balmy and dry, keep up the watering through the winter.  If we have a cold winter with little snow, you can add moisture to trees and shrubs right on through the cold months by piling shoveled snow around the base of each plant.


Entry filed under: Green Information.

Bulbs: How deep to plant them. University of Illinois Extension is a wealth of good information.

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