How to protect your evergreen shrubs from winter burn

With a name like “evergreen,” you’d think these perennial plants would have no trouble maintaining their beautiful color year after year. This, however, is not always the case. Some evergreen shrubs experience what is known as “winter burn,” which is when excessive transpiration causes evergreen foliage to turn brown. Oftentimes, the sun and wind cause this excess transpiration, and because the soil is usually frozen, the plant is unable to replace the water it needs to thrive. Protecting your evergreen shrubs from the damaging winter weather is essential to keeping it healthy throughout this harsh season.

Along with watering roots when the ground is not frozen, there are two tricks you can try to protect your plants. The first is to apply an anti-desiccant spray, such as Wilt Stop, to the leaves. This helps prevent transpiration so your shrubs don’t dry out. Check in with your local Homestead Gardens to find Wilt Stop and other high-quality brands for your garden.

The second strategy is to wrap your plants in burlap, which protects shrubs from the glaring winter sun and drying winds. It also prevents snow from piling up on branches, causing them to snap and break. Why burlap? Because it’s breathable and still allows a necessary amount light and water to get through to the plant. Materials like plastic, on the other hand, do more harm than good. You can also use attach burlap to stakes in order to form a wind barrier.

Take action now to protect your evergreen shrubs from winter damage. Homestead Gardens can help you find the right supplies and provide more great gardening care tips.

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