With winter and Christmas just around the corner, one of the last thing on most people’s mind is to get out the hose to water the plants and trees. Yet in Missouri with most of the state in drought conditions, that may be just what is needed.
A recent MU bulletin told people to check their soil around the drip line of newly planted trees and if dry then watering would be beneficial.
This would also be true of fall planted perennials.
A soaker hose set on low would probably be your best bet.
My guess is that established trees and natives will weather the drought just fine, but if you have invested money in a fall planting, those perennials and trees would probably appreciate a through soaking and may be the difference between them surviving the winter or dying in the spring.
Here’s the link for the Missouri drought monitor.