Winter Burn

WINTER BURN on evergreens such as pine, spruce, arborvitae, junipers, holly and boxwood is a common occurrence late winter and early spring. It is characterized by brown or bronze colored needles or leaves. Before you pull your plants out, please be aware that this will usually clear up once temperatures moderate and growth begins. One way to determine if it’s simply winter burn and not more serious is to look for the beginning buds along the branches. The buds should be soft and green inside if pulled apart. Another test is to gently scrape a small area of bark on a couple of different branches. Again, you should find green underneath. If you’re unable to find any green, please give us a call so we can advise you on what steps to take next