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Jan 22

Tip of the Week – Week of January 20, 2020

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 9:33 AM by Derek Diesner

While most plants will require less water in the warmer winter months, even desert native plants will not be able to survive the winter with no water at all. Unless adequate rainwater is received, you should still be watering desert plants at least once a month through the cooler season. When watering less frequently, it is important to maximize efficiency and make sure the water gets to the roots each time. To do this, you should be leaving your irrigation system on slightly longer than usual in order to water deeply and allow the plant to thoroughly soak in and spread the water across its system.  

If you are unsure about how much moisture your plants are receiving, you can probe your soil using a screwdriver. The screwdriver will move easily through moist soil, but will stop when it reaches dry soil, telling you whether or not the moisture is reaching your plant’s roots.