“Am I really crazy?” the man asked Bob.
“You’re not crazy,” Bob assured him. The extension agent says that nice fescue lawns that are not being watered now will survive the winter, but those that are getting water will probably be thicker lawns next spring. Thicker lawns help keep out weeds and disease, not to mention look a lot better, so water is a great ounce of prevention, I’d say.
Pull out a screwdriver and plunge it into the ground to be sure areas around trees, shrubs and perennials are moist. Plants that were planted recently have only their root ball to rely on for moisture, and that’s not a very extensive area. Bob recommends raking leaves around your perennials and wetting them down really well. Return and do the same in a month and a half if we don’t get much moisture.
Bob Neier says that people are of two minds on the question: One says to drain the barrel completely and unhook it for the winter, hooking the downspout back up to your gutter. The other opinion says just leave the faucet open on the rain barrel. The main thing is you don’t want the barrel to sit there holding water.