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Keep Outdoor Plants Watered!

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Keep Outdoor Plants Watered!
The St. Louis area is experiencing a critical drought with some areas behind on rainfall by as much as 9 inches. Normally we go into winter with sufficient rainfall to sustain plant health through the season. However, because of the current drought conditions, it may be necessary to provide supplemental watering, especially to newly planted material and evergreens. Trees, shrubs, lawns and perennials need supplemental watering during prolonged dry fall and winter periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant. Because evergreen plants hold their needles year round, water loss from their foliage in winter can cause the plant to dry out even more which is why it is especially important to water during dry winters.

As long as the ground is not frozen, plants have the ability to absorb water. If you have already shut down your irrigation system for the season, you can water with a garden hose or watering can providing about an inch of water per week. This should continue as long as the drought continues, but especially if lengthy periods of unseasonably mild weather prevails.

As usual, a good garden resource is the Advice, Tips and Resources page found in Gardening Help. It has detailed information on gardening problems, plant suggestions, helpful hints, and FAQ.

Susan Hackney
Kemper Center for Home Gardening
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