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Watering Pine trees in the winter?

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by westcoh, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. westcoh

    westcoh LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Posts: 313

    I did a job last fall that included planting several 10' Scots Pine trees. A few weeks after I was finished winter came a lot sooner than expected, bringing some harsh temperatures. Last week I went to check on these trees and noticed the tips of all the needles are turning yellow. Is this because they didnt recieve enough moisture in late fall?

    This week we're also supposed to be getting unseasonably warm weather thats well above the freezing mark, and I was wondering if it would be good to water the trees now, and then make sure I add extra snow around the base of the trees to try and make sure it doesnt freeze?

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Sure sounds like dessication to me. When I plant evergreens late in the season, I akways apply a good application of Wilt-Pruf to them. Water them and apply Wilt-Pruf, if the weather allows it.
  3. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    plants get extremly dry in the winter time due to the low humidity and the cold winter wind. a little water in the cold months doesnt hurt
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I let nature be my guide. If we typically get 1" of rain in an avg. month and we didn't get any this month I water. Pines especially take up the majority of their water in the winter from snowfall and winter rains. If there is no snow or rains they have to get it somewhere.

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