Winter stress can have a huge impact on your trees and plants. Winter storm Stella just hit and is leaving her mark on the south and you might need to take some immediate steps to protect them.
What Does Winter Stress Mean For My Plants?With the extreme fluctuation in temperatures, there may be some immediate signs of stress on your plants and trees. Sometimes, you may have to wait a few months down the road to see any damage. Some early signs you may see are wilted leaves that turn black within a few hours or days. Evergreens, like Leyland Cypress trees, turn uniformly brown, and Broadleaf Evergreens, like Hollies, will show scorched edges. Flowering shrubs will typically begin to reduce the number of flowers they produce, and bark splitting will occur in thin-barked trees, like Beech and Maples.
How Can I Help My Trees During a Winter Stress?
- Don’t just assume something is dead right away. Wait to prune or remove trees until you know the full extent of the damage.
- Once you assess the damage, it will be important to prune and remove any dead wood from the tree.
- Do not water frost-damaged plants – it will not help to revive them.