Winter Watering Trees and Shrubs – Produced by Tagawa Gardens, a partner in PlantTalk Colorado.

Do you want to hear about something that can make all the difference between life and death for the plants in your landscape? Well, if you do you have come to the right place. I’m Luan Akin, Tagawa Gardens outreach ambassador and we are here at to go is today in Centennial, Colorado with Mike Landers, he is one of Tagawa’s is certified arborists. And Mike, the hot topic of the day is winter watering. What is that winter watering? Basically hand watering your trees throughout your landscape. Probably starting in mid October after you turn your irrigation system off and could really stretch you know well into to March depending on how much moisture we get throughout the wintertime. So those roots are still active while the tree looks dormant. Yeah, definitely in fact we have some sort of fibrous roots here and that’s really what you’re doing. If these fibrous roots sit dry throughout the wintertime they’re damaged they can die that really limits the trees ability to absorb water in the hotter months August-September. The tree fails in July because the root system in part died back January. Exactly yeah yeah. Okay, what techniques do you recommend? You know I think if it’s a tree that’s been planted in the last few years using your favorite spray device I would just say that you know close to the trunk for 15 or 20 minutes. Kind of a medium flow just make sure you’re soaking under the drip line under the canopy of the tree. For more mature trees for larger trees obviously going to have to you know maybe crank up the flow a little bit moving that spray device three or four times under the under the canopy of the tree probably 15 or 20 minutes per location under the canopy of the tree. And that’s once a month unless we get really soaking snows. Exactly. Okay, what different devices, what difference tools? You talked about the kind of the sprinkler that’s multi-purpose you can use it what do you think of deep root feeders? You know it’s it’s a great tool. It’s especially effective if your yard is on a slope, if you’re spraying water onto the you yard and a lot of that’s running off into your neighbor’s yard, or out on the street. Yeah, a good solution is the needle to where you can you know obviously stick that into the soil, inject the water into the root zone. How deep? A great question. You know I like you know the fibrous roots here most of those the vast majority are in the top eight ten maybe twelve inches of soil so I think you only have to go six or eight inches deep. Okay, so the people out there pushing it all the way in as a size of their gardening vigorous, not what you want to do. Yeah, I think you’re passing up a lot of roots the deeper you go. Is this something that you think a lot of people ignore simply don’t know about? Simply don’t know about. A lot of people moving to Colorado from back east where they get regular moisture. For me, even from Ohio, totally new concept but no doubt it makes a great difference for a tree’s roots. Something else to remember: here in Colorado are snow on average, it varies, but on average it will deliver about one inch of water for every foot ten to twelve inches of snow. So a little snowfall here and there is not going to count toward your winter watering. It’s not going to be enough. You can’t rely on mother nature you have to rely on you. Come see us at Tagawas. We are your garden store and so much more. If you like this video feel free to share it with a friend. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and at our website you

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