If you want to see healthy outdoor plants in the spring, it’s important to water them in late fall. Like most all things in life, you can certainly overdo it, but the norm tends to be minimal maintenance after the leaves have been frosted and dropped of the plants. This usually amounts to a little light raking or removal of the leaves at best. In addition to leaf removal, maintaining adequate soil moisture is a critical step.
First, check your perennials, shrubs, trees and lawn with a simple screwdriver test. Push your favorite tool into the soil in several places, then pull it out and look at the blade. If it shows a dry and powdery residue, water the area with several light applications of water, allowing it to soak in before the next application. If the blade is muddy, there is no need to water, just keep in mind that the soil surface may dry out if the weather turns to windy and warm in mid to late November.
After watering, be sure to take the hose off the outdoor water spigot to avoid damage to the plumbing. Then, coil up the hose and bring it indoors to extend its life.