Do You Water Trees in the Fall?

It is a question that many gardeners struggle with- when do you stop watering perennial plants in Fall?’ The answer is simple. You don’t. Especially for annuals and perennials, Fall is a time when the plants need to grow and expand their root systems. Without water, the plants will succumb, dehydrate and wither.  If you have questions please contact MY Tree Services Round Rock.

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What happens in Fall?

Perennial plants blossom in the spring and summer and go dormant in the fall and winter. During autumn, the soil is still warm from the summer heat. The annuals and plants undergo transpiration, a process akin to sweating.

The Fall wind quickly carries this moisture away, slowly causing dehydration. Nights are cold in Fall, so that means that the perennial plants absorb very minimal water from the soil to replace the loss incurred during the day. Consistent watering is, therefore, the most significant component of successful gardening in Fall.

As the temperatures continuously drop towards the winter, it is necessary to keep watering you’re the perennial plants until the first frosting. In the winter, perennial plants naturally hibernate – they slow down growth and channel survival on the roots. Most perennial plants and annuals would have lost foliage, flowers and fruits at that time as a survival technique. There isn’t much you can do during the winter. If you properly moisture the plants win Autumns, kick back and relax -waiting for them to blossom in Spring.

Newly planted annuals and flowers

Watering during fall is especially critical if you planted your perennials and annuals in the summer or spring of the same year. Consistent watering will help them survive through fall and winter as well. Arborists believe that new plants need extra care in the first year till they toughen up and learn to survive the harsh seasons.

Old trees

Nevertheless, your trees and fruits can also quickly get dehydrated and wither in the fall even after if they have existed for many years. It happens when their roots supplies run dry in the continuously freezing temperatures. When the plants shed off their leaves, and at the same time growth is curtailed at the roots- that is equal suffocation.

How to Water in Fall

Perennial plants need ample watering in Fall to in preparation for the winter. Rather than stopping to water your gardens, Autumn is the time to up-size your irrigation quantity. To ensure the water sips deep into the root system, use either a soaker or switch to drip irrigation. However, keep in mind that over watering can backfire on the plant and cause root rot. For that reason, always use a timer with drip irrigation at the roots. Just get the soil soaked, not soggy.

For lawn sprinklers, you can adjust them to keep the impact close to the roots of the perennials and annuals. A hose end sprinkler is much preferable in this case. Expert gardeners advise for thorough watering, not every day, but just twice a month in Fall.

For big perennial plants, watering should be down around the drip line, and not close to the tree trunk. The drip line is the area that coincides with the outer edges of the plant’s copy. The drip line is the area where the roots are more active in growth and absorption of moisture and nutrients.

In addition to the watering, mulching is necessary to preserve moisture as the cold temperature creeps in. The additional warmth provided will help to spearhead faster root development. With better care before winter, annuals and perennial trees will emerge more vibrant and healthier in spring.

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