Winter Watering

Asked February 28, 2016, 2:12 PM EST

I know we need to water during the cold months, but this too-early spring concerns us. How much should we water now? We don't want to see the trees start to bud and rise their sap in case the weather changes to below freezing again. How much damage would this do to the trees? We live southeast of town and have both deciduous and coniferous trees, and have lost a few of each in past early-spring years. Thank you. -G2.

El Paso County Colorado irrigation

1 Response

Hello,
thank you for your question. Temperatures in Colorado can vary during our winter months. It is not unusual to have high temps in the 40s and 50s during the day, especially in your part of town. Extension encourages winter watering for your landscape. Withholding water during warmer spells will not prevent bud formation. Increasing daytime temperatures are the trigger for our trees and shrubs to get ready for the growing season.
I attached a link that will give you guidelines as when and how much to water shrubs and trees.
http://elpasoco.colostate.edu/hort/hort_docs/Winter%20water.pdf