A Guide to Watering Plants During Winter
The first and foremost thing that I would like you all to remember is that plants do not need much care during the winters as they do during the summers. However, it is still important to take care of them during the winter. That means you just cannot afford to neglect them. You need to water them even during the winter. Let us discuss a few things regarding watering the plants during winter.
Plants are to some extent damaged due to ice and strong wind during the winter. In many regions, you will find that precipitation of normal winter is more than enough for plants, as the cold weather ensures that there is no need of too much watering. However, one very important thing that I would like you to ensure is that the plants have adequate hydration. It helps to protect them from the harshness of winter. Let us discuss some of the steps that you need to take:
Step 1: First of all, you need to water the garden in a proper way throughout the fall. Particularly, when it comes to watering the saplings or shrubs that you have freshly planted, you need to water deeply. The idea is to give your garden a thorough watering at the interval of every two to three weeks, till the arrival of the very first frost.
Step 2: Now you need to mulch your garden with compost and leaves during the fall, after pulling the spend annuals and cutting back the perennials. Mulch will protect the topsoil and will help in retain the water. It also nourishes the roots and keeps them warm. It is imperative to spread at least 2 inches of mulch over the ground and pile up some extra bit of mulch around the new saplings and plants that you have planted recently.
Step 3: You need to keep your garden prepared for sudden fall of frost, and for that you need be have the latest weather updates. As soon as you are warned about an incoming frost, you need to water your garden properly, as that will protect the plants from being damaged by the frost, due to excessive freezing. The roots will get the chance to absorb that water before the onset of the frost. Hence, it is important that you water them at least 24 hours prior to the frost, as that will give them enough time to soak the water.
Step 4: You need to make sure that you do not water the stems and leaves of the plants when you water the plants during winter. Otherwise this water on the stem and the leaves will freeze and turn into ice, killing the leaves and causing the stems to break off. When it comes to watering the woody plants like shrubs and saplings, water them in such a way that the trunk does not get the water, as when it turns into ice subsequently, it will damage the bark.
Step 5: When you need to water the plants in winter, you need to do so after only a series of dry spells of at least two or more weeks. Plants remain inactive during winter, and hence they do not need too much of water. However, you need to make sure that the soil is not completely dried out, as it will make the soil prone to damage from chilly wind and dehydration.
Step 6: You need to water your garden even if and when the ground remains frozen during the winter. Watering will help the soil to aerate and warm the roots of the plants. Remember, when the ground is frozen the plant will not get enough moisture from the soil. However, you need to water it mid-day so as to give the plants the chance to absorb all the moisture before the temperature drops to sub zero after the nightfall, causing the water to freeze.
So these are the few steps that you need to keep in mind while watering your garden during winter. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that you have to be very much methodical when it comes to watering your garden during winter. Whatever step you take will help your garden withstand the rigors of the long chilly winter months.