Winter Watering 101

Living in Colorado, we have particularly unpredictable weather, especially in the colder months.  Plants get confused (and, admittedly, I do too) on what season it is when we have a week of 70 degree temps in January followed by blistering winds and a massive snow storm.  Even though deciduous plants have lost their leaves, their roots are susceptible to drying out without regular water.  Evergreens (both conifer and broadleaf) are especially critical to water throughout the winter.  Here is a simple set of guidelines to follow for winter watering to keep your plants healthy:


Young, deciduous trees planted in the last few years

Evergreens big and small, broadleaf and conifer


Even bulbs may need extra water throughout the winter

If we have particularly long dry spells even your lawn will benefit from additional water throughout the winter, especially any sod laid this season.  

Newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials will need more water than established plants.


If we have gone a month without any appreciable precipitation, your plants will need water.  A good rule of thumb for small shrubs and perennials is that they need about 1″ of precipitation per month to stay healthy and survive the winter.  Keep tabs on the weather and remember that a light snow of only a few inches does not equate to a few inches of precipitation.


Water only when daytime temperatures are above 40 degrees.  

Water earlier in the day to allow roots to take in water before it freezes again at night.  

When watering, make sure you are giving the plants a good long deep soak (just as you would do during the summer) rather than a shallow watering.  

For trees, make sure to get the area at the drip line watered, not just right at the trunk of the tree.  Use a deep root needle at a depth of 8″ if at all possible.

Mulching around trees and shrubs and in perennial beds will help retain moisture throughout the winter, especially in wind prone and southern exposure areas.

And remember, if you aren’t sure if you need to water or if you have watered enough, you can always get your hands a little dirty and manually check the soil a few inches down to see if it is saturated.


…And if all of this seems like too much work or a little overwhelming, call the GROW office to get on our winter watering service schedule!


This fall we are pleased to offer HOLIDAY DECORATING!

GROW is now offering custom evergreen pots and holiday trimmings. Wreaths, evergreen garlands, door and mailbox swags and holiday light hanging are also available. Keep it simple with a couple of pots or get your neighborhood’s attention with a full display. Whether you want a traditional holiday look or modern flare, our designer will create long-lasting beautiful evergreen pots and trimmings giving your home or business that holiday wow factor.

    Call today to get on the schedule!

What to do for your garden in the fall

Fall is a great time to garden.  With the cooler temperatures, plants start to recover from the summer heat and it’s wonderful to be outside at any time of the day.  Here are a few things you can do in the garden to prepare for winter…

-Split and transplant any overgrown perennials.

-Split and transplant ornamental grasses that are too large or have dead spots in the center.

-Plant bulbs!

-Shop the sales at your local nursery and grab some perennials or trees to plant before it gets too cold.  A good rule of thumb is to have your plants in the ground a month before the average frost date for your area.  But keep an eye on the forecast because you never know what to expect in Colorado…

-Wrap the trunks of your small deciduous trees to protect from sun scald over the winter.  Don’t forget to remove the wrap in the spring!!

-Cut back any spent perennials to ground level as they fade.  Though you might consider leaving the flower’s seed heads on some of them as food for the birds.

-Remove any dead, diseased or rotting material to prevent from spreading.

-Give all of your plants and trees a good soak if we haven’t had any rain and you have already turned off the irrigation for the year.

-Adding mulch will help keep soil temperatures consistent throughout the winter and help lock the moisture in during the dry spells.  Aim for a total mulch thickness of 3-4″.

-Add compost to your vegetable garden to prepare the soil for next year.  Spread a layer 2″ thick over the top and till in to a depth of 8″.

-Harvest seeds from your veggies and store for next season.

-Don’t worry about pruning right now, that is best left for early spring.

-And finally…start planning for next year!


If you need help putting your garden to bed for winter give us a call! We are here to help.

How a Chemical Engineer Turns into a Gardener

Who is this Katie Kilbury you may ask?  I’ll tell you a little bit about myself before we get started with the garden…

Up until a few years ago, I had always defined myself as an engineer.  When people asked in passing conversations who I was, my defining trait was always “engineer”.  Sure, there were other things going on in my life, but that was the focus, the main event, the job that took over my entire life.  I graduated from CU-Boulder with a degree in Chemical Engineering and dove right in.  I spent six years on that path, working in small research laboratories and at massive semiconductor fabrication sites.  While the challenges of engineering were always appealing, I had never been more miserable and stressed out and I had never felt a true calling to this profession.  Then, in 2013, the company I was working for in Boise, ID unexpectedly shut down the project and I knew this was my time to make a big change.  My husband and I decided it was time to move back to Boulder, CO and begin a new chapter.

While looking for a more permanent job, I started gardening for other people just for fun.  I had always loved it and had had my own gardens throughout the years.  I used to joke that when I retired I wanted to be a gardener.  Then it dawned on me, what was I waiting for?  And what started out as a fun little detour quickly became my new road.  From that point on, I have been doing everything I can to build on my gardening roots from the Midwest (where pretty much everything grows no matter what you do) and learn about growing plants in this ever so challenging Colorado landscape.  Last year, I became a Colorado Master Gardener and am continually brushing up on my industry and plant knowledge.  I am even going to a week long irrigation intensive course this fall.

I believe gardening is both a science and an art form.  Everyday, I am able to draw on my engineering background to solve the more technical problems and now finally have a creative outlet for the other half of my brain, dreaming up and designing gardens for my customers.  GROW is my constant reminder that change is inevitable, that being present gets harder and harder with each passing year, that for me, a job cannot just be a job, and gardening is my cure for all.

Stay tuned for many more posts throughout the year on the fun challenges and rewards of gardening in the Colorado Front Range.  I am here to help you with all things garden related!  That’s all for now.  I won’t be talking about myself anymore after this…


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G R O W offers everything from basic weeding to custom garden design, planting, maintenance and more. With a focus on knowledgeable plant care and quality customer service, you won’t have to worry that your garden is in good hands.  We are aware of the unique challenges of gardening in the Colorado Front Range and are water-wise and pollinator friendly to give you a healthy landscape that thrives. We bring the art and science of gardening to life!