DENVER - Warm winter temperatures and high winds can spell trouble for gardeners. More plants die from drought than cold. Prevent plant deaths by watering during relatively warm, windy weather.
Plants that are at most risk include some evergreens, such as arborvitae and dwarf Alberta spruce, trees, shrubs and perennials that were planted during 2013, roses, pansies and perennials or shrubs grown in outdoor containers.
Make sure these vulnerable plants have a dike of soil around them to catch and hold water. Fill this "moat" with water and let it sink in. Refill several times if necessary. On warm days consider using a slow-running hose to thoroughly soak the root balls of evergreens or young trees. How much you need to water depends on your soil type and exposure. Use a moisture meter to determine how much you need to water.
With some preventative watering your garden plants will survive the winter and start the spring in good health.
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