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Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures are characteristics of fall and winter in many areas of Colorado. Often, there is little to no snow cover to provide soil moisture from October through April. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns under these conditions may be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water. The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is injury or death to parts of plant and sod root systems. Affected plants and sod may appear perfectly normal and resume growth in the spring using stored food energy, but these plants and sod may be weakened and all or parts may die in late spring or summer when temperatures rise.

Weakened plants and sod may also be subject to insect and disease problems. Most common insect problems are called mites. Mites feed off a dry root system on plants and sod, hints winter damage. Mites can easily be treated with supplemental water bi weekly, and flushing them out while hydrating the root system.

Kentucky Blue Grass needs approximately 1.25inchs of precipitation every 5 days during the growing season, and approximately .25inchs every week in off growing season. Trees however need a deep root watering (watering spike that is injected in the ground around the tree to allow for slow absorption of water) of 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree. So if a tree is 2inchs diameter, it will need a deep root watering of 20 gallons. While established shrubs need anywhere from 8-15 gallons of month of supplemental water in the off season to maintain a healthy state.

Turf Damage from lack of moisture and damaged by mites.