Protect the trees in your yard…
Winter desiccation, or winter burn, is a common threat to landscapes here in the Northeast, affecting broadleaf evergreens such as holly, boxwood, and rhododendron, along with conifers including pine, juniper, cedar, and arborvitae. All trees lose moisture through their foliage during the growing season, but it is replenished with water taken up through their roots in the soil. Desiccation can occur when the soil becomes frozen and this supply of water is interrupted. Because evergreens do not shed their leaves but keep their needles year round, moisture continues to be lost throughout the winter months. Harsh winter winds and dry periods when snow cover is at a minimum can accelerate this loss. The needles are usually able to hold their green color for the season even if they have been compromised, but when spring returns the damage becomes evident by their dead, brown needles and dried out branches. The professionals at Gerbert & Sons can recommend preventive steps to reduce the damage from winter desiccation. One approach is to apply an anti-desiccant spray which provides a protective coating to your evergreens, reducing the amount of moisture lost. Newer or more vulnerable plantings may benefit from protective burlap wrapping to shield them from the elements, as well as hungry deer looking for a tasty nibble.
…and that special one in your home
This is also the time to ensure your Christmas tree stays healthy and safe. Secure it with a sturdy stand and keep it filled with a steady supply of water. Place it far from any heat sources, fireplaces or candles. Check electrical outlets are not overloaded, and although it may be beautiful, turn off all the lights on your tree each night.
Give Gerbert & Sons a call to protect your evergreens this winter.