One of the most common misconceptions about caring for and watering outdoor plants is that watering doesn’t really need to be done during the winter because outdoor plants hibernate, right?
Wrong! In actuality, you should be spending time cultivating, nurturing, and watering outdoor plants throughout the winter with as much care as you devote to your indoor plants.
Winter is a naturally dry season. This is why we tend to have chapped lips, itchy skin, dandruff, and static buildup more frequently during the winter than any other time of the year.
Plants suffer the ravages of seasonal changes, too, so they need TLC to ensure that they are ready to burst into bloom when spring has sprung. One of the best ways to take care of your outdoor foliage when winter arrives is to make sure it has a regular supply of water.
Quite a few outdoor plants do hibernate to some degree during the winter, but they don’t do so to the point where they can survive the entire season without being properly hydrated.
The freezing and thawing cycle of winter might make watering outdoor plants seem pointless, but it’s not. When you water your outdoor plants, you should thoroughly saturate the ground to a depth of six to eight inches, and you should do this at least every two to three weeks.
Some plants, like those with thin leaves and branches or surface roots, might require more frequent watering, so make sure you follow individual care guidelines for each type of outdoor plant.
Get more information on caring for your indoor and outdoor plants when you check out our Plant Care Guide. For personal attention, contact us directly by visiting our garden center for great landscaping and plant selection ideas.