Winter watering schedule for newly planted japanese maples?
Greetings. I am very new to gardening -- planted my first 2 young trees about a month ago. I planted an Anaba Shidare and Seiryu japanese maple. They were in the ground a few weeks before we had two back-to-back nights of 21 degree temps. I covered their leaves with a frost blanket since they were so newly planted. It appears as though the freezing temps forced them to begin shutting down for the winter.
So my question is this -- what type of watering schedule do these young trees need during the winter? Everyone says it is very important to keep young trees watered until they are well established, but I don't know if I should also water them during the winter? Do I keep the ground a little moist, even during the cold months?
I appreciate your advice. I want these trees to be the focal point of the front yard, so I am trying to give them the best care I can.