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Friday, 24 February 2012 11:45

Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Written by  Dorie Roth
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Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubssnow on tree

There are many factors that have the potential to cause winter damage to trees and shrubs in the winter months. Fluctuating of temperatures during the winter season can cause bark to split, the site placement of the tree or shrub on the property or rodents and deer that feed on the bark, twigs or foliage all which may cause injury.

How can you minimize winter damage to trees and shrubs?

  • Start by selecting a hardy species that is suggested for the area’s zone
  • Do not prune or fertilize in late summer this may stimulate new growth
  • Continue to water trees and shrubs during dry periods until the ground freezes
  • Place mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to insulate the roots from harsh winter temperatures
  • Use burlap screens to protect evergreens from the wind and salt
  • In late fall spray an anti-desiccant to evergreen foliage, this treatment creates a thin layer that will help the tree or shrub maintain moisture
  • In the fall wrap tree trunks and any major branches of newly planted trees and remove in the spring.


Please let us know if you have any comments or questions on this as our team of landscape professional or horticulturists can assist in making sure your trees and shrubs are healthy year round.

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