It's March; the temperatures are warming (when the wind isn't at gale force), the first purple and orange crocuses are peeking out of the soil hoping for a little sunshine, and the Lyons Farmette (4121 Ute Highway) is slowly awakening from its winter slumber. The upcoming classes for the month of March are already beginning to fill up.
Despite a relatively small amount of precipitation falling recently, the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map indicates that nearly all of Colorado is currently experiencing some level of drought. Trees in urban and community settings throughout this region are dormant now, but still require occasional watering during dry winters to remain in top health.
Keith Wood, urban and community forestry manager for the Colorado State Forest Service, says planted trees in Colorado, especially at lower elevations, often require additional watering in the winter months during extended dry periods (e.g., more than two weeks without lasting snow cover).