When temperatures plummet, Winter Burn can cause serious damage to your shrubs and trees. You might think snow and ice are the main culprits. However, dips in temperature and freezing cold winds are actually major concerns as well! Read on to learn about Winter Burn and how Giroud can help protect your plants.
What Causes Winter Burn
It all starts with a blast of cold winter air that freezes the water in the soil. This prevents your plants from soaking in any water for an extended period of time during the cold months. At the same time, the sun continues to shine down on your plants, which evaporates water from the leaves. Since the soil is frozen, your plant has no way of replenishing the water that’s being evaporated. This causes the affected areas to become discolored. In extreme cases, winter burn can even kill the plant!
Hollies, Rhododendron, and Azaleas are the top 3 plants affected by winter burn. However, Cherry Laurels, Boxwoods, Manolias, and Cypress trees are also susceptible to damage.
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t even realize their plant has suffered from the effects of winter burn until spring when we look for trees and shrubs to start blooming again. Additionally, plants that have been damaged by winter burn are more likely to be targeted by hungry insects in the spring, causing even more problems.
Preventing Burn with Anti-Desiccant
The easiest solution to Winter Burn is by taking preventative steps. Giroud offers an Anti-desiccant spray that will keep your plants safe through the cold season. Our winter protectant is a plastic-like coating that seals moisture in the leaves to protect your tree or shrub from winter burn.