Despite snow falling in many regions of the state this winter, much of Southwest Colorado is experiencing some level of drought. Trees in urban and community settings throughout this area are dormant now, but they still require occasional watering during dry winters to remain in top health.
The Colorado State Forest Service offers these winter-watering tips:
Water when it is warm, when snow has melted off and the temperature is above 40 degrees.Water a wide area to soak the ground underneath the full span of a tree’s branches.Water slowly to ensure deep penetration, using a drip or soaker hose on a low setting (or soft spray wand) to apply water slowly to the full area at the rate of 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter.Retain mulch. To retain soil moisture and save water, apply 4 inches of organic mulch onto bare soil within 2 to 3 feet from the base of the trunk, but not directly against the trunk.Repeat as necessary until spring precipitation arrives.For more information, visit www.csfs.colostate.edu.