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Watering Trees and Shrubs for Fall
We have had some rain this fall, but if you
haven't watered your trees yet this year,
you may want to do it before freeze up.
Even if the leaves are turning color, the
tree is still preparing itself for winter. The
question usually asked is "if I water my
trees, how much water should I be putting
on them". Trees should be watered until
late October - unless cool, wet weather
prevails. This moisture will allow trees to
prepare for winter and
reduce the extent of winterinjury or winter
browning. It is difficult to say how much
water needs to be applied but here are
Size: Water needs every 10 days
Small shrubs (less than 3 feet): 3 gals
Large shrubs (more than 3 feet): 5 gals
Trees (less that 1 inch dia): 10 gals
Trees (1-2 inches dia): 20 gals
Trees (2-5 inches dia): 40 gals
Trees (5-10 inches dia): 60 gals
This figure assumes no rainfall during that
Plants need abut 1 inch of precipitation per
7-10 days, so if 1/2" fell, cut the watering
in half or if you get an inch of rain you
would not have to water for about 10 days.
Again, this may vary depending on the
temperatures and other conditions. This
watering table can also be used in the
spring and summer.
Tips for winterizing your gardens
TIP #1- Rake leaves and dispose of them. A
great way to dispose of them is to put them in a
compost heap. Failing to rake leaves can result
in dying or diseased lawn.
TIP #2- Pull up any annual flowers or
vegetables. Dispose of these in the compost
heap. If you suspect disease of any kind, throw
them in the garbage.
TIP #3- Cut back perennials close to the ground
if foilage has become overgrown.
TIP #4- Weed. Fall action prevents weeds from
getting a head start next spring.
TIP #5- Apply a winter mulch to perennials
where winter temperatures generally fall below
minus 10 degress F. Simply lay a lightweight
organic mulch, such as shredded autumn leaves,
pine needles or straw, over beds to protect
plants from winter's extremes.
TIP #6- Water evergreens and small trees and
shrubs if the fall weather is dry. This prevents
damage from drying winds.
TIP #7- Dig up tender bulbs. Cannas, tuberous
begonias, gladiolus, and most summer-blooming
bulbs do not survive the winter in USDA Zone 9
or colder. Store bulbs in Vermiculite in a paper
bag and store in a cool, dry spot (65 degrees F