Winter Watering in the High Desert … Usually, Yes!

New Plantings, Especially, Need Winter Watering

Successful  year-round landscaping makes us all winter bed wetters. Yup, it’s too dry in the high desert and again we must pull hoses this winter. Plants in the ground – especially newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials – need the equivalent of one inch of precipitation per month. If we have a dry period that lasts longer than two to three weeks, you’ll need to water according to these guidelines when the ground is not frozen. Your lawn also can use a little water but it is a lower priority (and needs less) than trees, shrubs & perennials.

  • Water during the day when temperatures are at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit to allow water to percolate through the soil.
  • Finish watering before 3:00 p.m. so water can drain away from the surface before sunset.
  • Water the soil around the plants, avoiding the trunk and crown of the plants. You can use an oscillating hose sprinkler for larger areas or open end hose with the water turned on low for smaller areas.
  • For potted plants, assuming they are in a quality frost-resistant black clay pot and have well drained potting soil, water approximately every two weeks. Containers dry out faster than in-ground plantings.
  • Be sure to thoroughly drain your hoses and store them inside your garage or shed so they will be easy to access and use.
  • We recommend using Cloud Cover, burlap, and mulches to help protect your plants through our cold and dry winter.

Click here for a printable version of our Winter Watering Guide, and remember, do not water when the ground is frozen. If you have any questions, stop by any one of our three Moana Nursery garden centers.

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