(JESSOP’S JOURNEYS – ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT)  A lot of people spent more time at home in 2020 than they normally do.  According to a lot of nurseries and garden centers, a fair amount of people took that time to improve their landscapes with new trees and shrubs.

Depending on where you live, you probably don’t think much about your yard during the winter. That might be a mistake if you have planted something new in the last year. I’m not talking about checking out all the cool catalogs and websites out there and making your plant wish list. We are talking watering.

I visited with LaRene Bautner from Millcreek Gardens and she told me that the first year of growth for trees and shrubs in crucial. If you have snow cover, you should be fine. If you are in an area that has little to no snowfall you do need to take special care for plants that still have leaves or needles.

She recommends have a slow drip on a garden hose and make sure to create a trough or “well” around the drip line to focus the water in the right place. Watch the video for more details.

FYI – You’ll notice in the video that there is a one of my favorite conifers for winter color, “Carsten Wintergold Mugo Pine.” I’ve used a number of them in my personal gardens as well as in the ABC4 News Backyard set that I had the pleasure of doing the landscape design. You can find more information about this plant that is green most of the year and a delightful gold color in the winter (thus the name) by CLICKING HERE.

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I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.” I’m blessed to be able to extended interviews with people from all walks of life called Jessop’s Journal. Consider this your personal invitation to take a break and watch free and on-demand at www.ABC4.com/Journal

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

With another entry into Jessop’s Journeys and “people, places and things you might not know about” I’m Doug Jessop , ABC4 News. 

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at www.DougJessop.com, on YouTube.com/DougJessop, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.