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How to Protect Hollies, Rhododendrons and Evergreens from Winter Burn

How to Protect Hollies, Rhododendrons and Evergreens from Winter Burn

Cold weather is hard on your landscape! Heavy snow and ice cause many problems. But, did you know that cold wind can be just as devastating to your trees and shrubs? Learn how to protect Hollies, Rhododendrons and Evergreens from Winter Burn with tips from Giroud!

Evergreens are inclined to dry out in cold winds

Cold wind can suck the moisture from the leaves and needles on your evergreens. Pines, Cypress, Firs, Junipers and Hemlocks are all popular trees because they keep your landscape looking green all year long. But, according to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, “Many evergreens are seriously injured when planted in excessively windy locations. Since these plants retain a covering of foliage during the winter, they continue to lose moisture even after deciduous plants drop their leaves. It is this moisture loss that causes problems.”

Check out the how cold weather damages Evergreens in this video:

Click here to see damaging effects of Winter Burn on an Evergreen!

Winter Burn is Devastating for Rhododendrons
Winter Burn can be Devastating for Rhododendrons!

Rhododendron have delicate root systems that are vulnerable to hard frosts and winter burn

Rhododendron, especially the Azalea variety, can dry out quickly in a hard frost. If you enjoy these flowering shrubs in the spring, you will need to protect them now before cold weather sets in.

“As the ground freezes, the plants can’t take up moisture, so they start using moisture in the leaves,” explains ISA Certified Giroud Arborist, Rob Nagy. “If they use too much moisture, they start to decline; and in some cases, they will die.”

Check out the devastating effects of winter burn on a Rhododendron in this video:

Click here to see the devastating effects of Winter Burn on Rhododendron!

Holly Trees and Shrubs are Susceptible to Winter Leaf Burn

Cold winds and exposure to bright winter sun can cause Hollies to dry out. Unfortunately, the damaging effects of winter burn may not be apparent until spring when leaf scald develops. It’s important to be proactive with this plant!

How to Protect these Trees and Shrubs from Winter Burn

First, click here to see Giroud’s Winter Tree Care Checklist.

Then, ask your Giroud Arborist about applying an anti desiccant spray to safeguard your trees and shrubs. This winter protectant forms a barrier to prevent moisture loss, and it could be what saves your prized plants!

Get a seasonal safety inspection by your Giroud Arborist to find out if your evergreens are at risk!

Call 215-682-7704 to schedule this FREE appointment today before the cold weather arrives!


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