As we have seen over the past couple of winters, extreme cold temperatures can cause winter vegetation burn on our prized landscape plantings. Winter burn is easy to identify as it appears as brown, discolored patches on leaves and evergreen needles. It happens because the roots of the plant freeze and have a difficult time delivering water and nutrients to the rest of the plant.
What can you do?
- Mulch! Mulching the base of our landscape plants, covering the root zone, will help insulate the soil around the root of the plant and therefore better regulate the temperature of the soil.
- Young trees or extremely delicate plants can be wrapped in burlap or tree wrap to protect against harsh winds
- Pruning diseased or dead branches before winter reduces the risk of ice or snow accumulation, preventing breakage
- Be cautious with de-icing salts, as they can harm trees and shrubs
- Plan on a good fertilization of your trees and shrubs at the beginning of winter and once again in early spring for a more lush growing season.
By taking these measures, you can safeguard your trees and shrubs, promoting their resilience and ensuring a healthy return when spring arrives.