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Treat your landscape like your skin during the winter   

  by  Natalie E.  on  3/13/2018

​My skin is a testament: It's been a warm and dry winter. I probably need to increase my water intake and become more serious in my use of moisturizers if I don't want to appear much more mature than I am.

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Guess what? Our landscapes are experiencing a similar situation. EXCEPT that without moisture, they won't just look old, they'll be dead.
 
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Your landscape will be healthier as spring arrives with some much needed moisture in March and April. In fact, these two months are the most critical for the new roots that are forming in your landscape.  Water a couple of times this month and next on warm days (above 40 degrees).

What to water

  • It is most important to water newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • Established lawn areas and trees, especially those in sunny, windy, or exposed areas should also be a high priority.
  • Established shrubs, flowers, ornamental grasses and groundcovers will also benefit.
  • Do not winter water cacti, succulents, buffalograss, blue grama and very xeriscape plants.

How to water

  • Use a hose-end sprinkler or watering wand since automatic sprinkler systems are off during the winter.
  • Remove the hose from the spigot after watering to prevent freeze damage.
  • Water slowly so it can soak in.
  • To figure out how long to water, put out cups to catch some of the water. Water until you can measure 0.5 to 1” deep in the cups.

If you've been here a while, you know first-hand that dry winters can equal low water supply.  In the past 15 years, twice drought conditions have led to restrictions on water use. No worry about that now. Thanks to a few wet years and careful water planning, we've got a three year supply of water ready for your use. We aren't expecting water restrictions nor a change in our drought ordinance this year.  

So, get out there and give your landscape a much needed drink. It's a life or death issue. 
 
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