The 6th driest November since 1890 tells us just one thing….we need to get the water hoses out now and water our landscapes.
Newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs are especially susceptible to damage if they are not watered thoroughly now. They may not have leaves, but root systems of these plants are actively growing and seeking out moisture. A thorough soaking will be a good start to healthy plants next spring. Click here for more information about how much and how often to water.
Winter watering is critical for ALL plants when we have dry conditions. Last winter, mid-Missouri only had 2″ of precipitation in 5 months. Plants need moisture even during the dormant season. Winter damage can be caused by a lot of things, but the main culprit is being too dry.
So the message today is to set up sprinklers, run soaker hoses, or set a hose on a slow trickle and water thoroughly. This mild weather is a perfect time.