Do evergreens need to be watered in the fall?
Do evergreens need to be watered in the fall?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

If weather conditions are dry in fall, it's a good idea to water the evergreen trees and shrubs in your landscape to prevent winter browning. They may need another boost of water in midwinter if conditions remain dry. Water when the ground is not frozen, so the water can soak into the root zone. Evergreens lose moisture through their needles or leaves all winter, especially when temperatures are warm, humidity is low, and wind speeds are high. Broadleaf evergreens such as magnolia and rhododendron are more sensitive to drying than needled evergreens such as pine, spruce, juniper, and fir. They may not be able to absorb water from cold or frozen soil fast enough to replace moisture loss through evaporation and transpiration. When the foliage dries out, it turns brown and dies. The tree or shrub may send out healthy new growth in spring, but overall attractiveness will be marred by the older browned foliage

Answered by BHGgardenEditors