Don’t hang your lawn out to dry

Don’t hang your lawn out to dry

Bitter cold winter temperatures rarely kill plants. What typically kills trees, grass, and shrubs in the cold months is lack of moisture.

Newly planted trees, shrubs, and grass are especially in need of moisture over the winter. Root systems take a lot of water to establish and maintain. Even trees that have already been in the ground a few years will benefit from extra water.

This presents a unique challenge to homeowners who want their plants to be healthy when spring arrives. Underground irrigation systems have to be winterized to prevent cracks and damage to pipes. Subzero wind chills and winter weather don’t beckon one outside for lawn care.

But even a small amount of additional moisture helps plants grow stronger and fare better in the spring. Drag out the hose or sprinkler system once a month on the days when the weather gets above 50 degrees and give your trees, shrubs, and grass a good soaking.

You may not see a difference in the winter, but the plants that got enough water are the ones that leaf out fully in spring.

Snow accumulation provides moisture. But don’t count on total inches, check the soil dryness with your finger. If it’s crumbly, it could probably benefit from a drink.