Do you need to run your agricultural irrigation system during the winter? While you know the value of winterizing your sprinklers before a freeze, you may not know that your crops still need water during the cold months. Here’s how proper winter irrigation will protect your plants.
1. Water Traps Heat in the Soil
Moist soil retains more heat than dry soil, which is vital for your crops if the temperatures drop below freezing. Watering your crops the day before an expected freeze will reduce the risk of frost. Damp soil insulates the roots and helps to keep your plants stronger in cold weather.
Utilizing frost protection sprinklers during the winter is a proven way to prevent frost injury. These sprinklers not only keep the soil moist, but they also keep the leaves and roots of your crops warm.
2. Roots Grow All Year Long
Even though your crops may appear completely dormant during the winter, you can’t see the activity happening below the surface. Many people assume their plants won’t need any water until the spring. But that’s not the case. Roots grow all year long. If you want your crops to thrive, you need to provide the roots with enough moist soil to survive the cold, dry season.
If it doesn’t rain enough, the soil will dry out. Even evergreens and shrubs lose a lot of water when the temperatures drop. The roots may become weak or brittle, and your crops won’t be as healthy during the spring. You can prevent this from happening by watering your plants at least once a month during the winter.
Moist soil will benefit your crops all year long, and you shouldn’t overlook the importance of irrigation during the winter. W.P. Law, Inc. wants to make sure your plants survive the next freeze. We offer a range of products and services designed to help your crops. Connect with us online to get your agricultural irrigation system ready for winter.