Winter Protection: Preventing Winter Damage to Trees & Shrubs in the Landscape

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Winter damage to Rhododendron

Winter Damage to Boxwood

Time to protect those plants!! We had some warmer weather here in the North East and now we are dealing with a cold snap. This is a very critical time for trees and shrubs.Winter damage can occur on many landscape plants especially broadleaf evergreens such as Rhododendrons, Andromeda, Mt. Laurel, Holly and Boxwoods. Permanent damage occurs when conditions are severe, prolonged, or when temperatures change suddenly. Tissue death is caused by the removal of water in the leaves and needles faster than the plant can replace it through root uptake from frozen water in the soil. A rapid temperature drop following a mid-winter thaw can cause bark splitting. Injury during the winter or early spring season can be from frost or freeze injury. This time of year we are applying anti-dessicant to plants to prevent moisture loss and reduce the risk of winter damage. We recommend applying an anti-dessicant a minimum of 2-3 times during the winter. Anti-dessicants wear off over time from weather and uv ray exposure, this is why it is very important to do multiple applications. If plants are not treated, their is a high risk they will develop winter damage by the spring. Call us today and we can help protect your trees and shrubs!

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Winter damage will be visible in the spring


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