Warmer temperatures provide chance for watering in yards

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DENVER -- The winter thaw in metro Denver has given homeowners a chance to get outside for yard clean-up and to allow grass, shrubs and trees a chance to get a much needed drink of water. If you listen closely to them, they might just be crying out, “Got Water!”

“While we think our yards go to sleep for the winter, that is just not the case,” said Craig Little, a member of the Associated Landscaping Contractors of Colorado. “With the limited amount of rain and snow we have had since last fall, now is the time to give the yard, shrubs and trees a mid-winter drink or two.”

Leaving the water run under your big pine tree can help it stay healthy through the winter, as will watering the lawn in the normal zones you use in summer.

“These deep root watering devices also double as fertilizer tools for the spring and summer,” said Denver True Value’s garden guru, Jim Catchings. “They don’t cost a lot but work like a charm when it comes to giving your yard a much needed splash of water, with no rain or snow coming down.”

The best advice is to water each month, because the 12 to 15 inches of snow we normally get in winter, only equates to about 1 inch of moisture. That's not enough to keep plants from suffering winter drought stress.

The effects of the winter stress won’t show up until the heat of summer and then, Little says, it could be too late to save your trees and plants.

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