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      Dry winter leads to extra yard work this spring

      Spring is finally here and now is the time to get out in your yard.

      If you have already started digging into the ground, you may notice the lack of moisture in the soil. This is because of the unusually dry winter due to a lack of precipitation in the form of snow and sleet.

      The cold, dry winter left many trees thirsty and need of extra attention.

      It is very important this time of year that trees, especially young trees, receive a certain amount of moisture because the sap is traveling up the roots.

      Sap carries nutrients around the plant much like blood carries nutrients in our body. So it is important to the survival of young trees to have the sap moving throughout the roots and to the leaves.

      One way that you can ensure that your young trees are receiving the proper amount of moisture is to water them yourself with a garden hose.

      Katrina Albert , a Landscape Designer at Bergman Nurseries suggests watering young or newly planted trees once a week.

      So how do you know how much water is enough? Katrina said, "If you have an inch or more of rain that week, you can skip it, but placing your garden hose on a slow trickle for 30 to 45 minutes is enough to saturate the ground."