when to stop watering

evening(z4VT)November 14, 2004

It has gotten cold early here in Vermont (at least for me!). I think we're going to be lucky this next week with highs in the 40s. I'm fairly new to gardening, and I was wondering when it is ok to stop watering.

I'm a little worried about the pansies I planted in Oct as they are looking quite limp right now. Is it ok to water, or will that make things worse?

And was wondering for other plants as well (like my yews I planted this fall, or any plant, really).

What are your general rules of thumb?

Thanks.

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glen3a(Winnipeg MB 3A)

For the pansies planted in Oct., the roots probably havenÂt spread out too much so even if you have had rainfall, it might be dry right around the roots of the plants. I would water.

As for conifers such as yews (and most plants, really) I keep watering regularly during the fall right until the ground begins to freeze. In our area this happens the first week of November, though this year itÂs been very mild. ItÂs important that they enter winter with moist soil. Actually, I read that itÂs important to water regularly all fall, but especially important during early fall and right before ground freeze up. If you have newly planted yews, this may be especially important as the roots have not yet spread out into the surrounding soil. Yews are especially sensitive to winter burn the first few years, so watering is important. You might want to possibly provide some shade protection as well (wrap in burlap, but not directly touching the plant) if they are in a very sunny spot.

Depending on the climate, if you get warm spells during winter and the ground dries out, you may have to water during winter. For us, the ground freezes in November and thaws in April, so rarely do I have to water during winter.

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