Why do your plants need water in November?
It's true, plants have lost their flowers and their leaves, but most plants are still growing. This is the time of year where trees and shrubs put on new root growth. The forecast for this week is clear and beautiful - great for those of us still outside raking and planting bulbs, but moisture is evaporating from the soil.
Water will help now and later.
You want your garden soil to be moist when the ground freezes.
That's because during most winters in our region, we experience a warm spell, usually around January, where the ground thaws. A plant's root growth is activated by the warming soil, and if there is no water near the roots, growth can be stunted or damage can occur like winter-burn.
So take a minute this week, step out into this glorious weather, and give your plantings a big drink.>