Winter Plant Damage & Protection -Tips
It’s time to protect your evergreen trees & shrubs from harsh wind and freezing temperatures.
Winter winds often lead to needles and leaves starting to turn brown and die. The deadly results are often called “winter burn” or “desiccation” – a dehydration of the plant due to water loss from the leaves through transpiration.
Newly installed plants are especially susceptible to winter damage because they have not fully established a strong root system; whereas, established plants will draw water from deep below the top soil all winter long.
Without deep roots, new plantings are at a disadvantage. Some broadleaf evergreens such as holly, rhododendrons, laurel and boxwood are even more susceptible to winter drying and long-term damage. Simple dehydration may prevent them from surviving the winter. Evergreens are vulnerable because these plants maintain their foliage throughout the winter. They continue to lose moisture throughout the winter by way of their greenery. Add to that temperature fluctuations and frozen ground, and it can be hard for evergreens to keep up with water demands.
To help prevent winter damage to your evergreen trees, shrubs and your newly installed plant material, anti-desiccant applications can be made. An anti-desiccant is a material which, when applied to the plant, adds a protective waxy cover to leaves which helps reduce moisture loss. It is important to protect your plant investment during the upcoming winters months.
Winter Plant Protection Program includes:
• Deer Repellent (deters costly deer damage),
• Anti- Desiccant Application (prevents winter burn)
• Dormant Season Pruning (corrective pruning reduces snow load damage)