Winter Care : How to protect Plants Against Winter Burn?

The winter’s months mean colder temperatures and snow in most places. While some people enjoy the cool months the plants and the landscaping do not. The plants can experience winter burn from the cold temperatures and the show. These are some ways to protect the plants against winter burn. Proper lawn care and lawn management can help protect the trees as well.

Tree Wrap for Burns

Even trees such as evergreens can use some protection from the winter elements. The harsh conditions can lead to trouble for these trees and shrubs as well as the snow and the ice. The trees can be wrapped to help protect them from the elements. There are tree wraps made from a burlap netting that can be found at hardware stores.

A shrub can be wrapped in a mummy style. This will wrap the entire plant up and the links and pulled and secured near the trunk. This will give them support and the branches will not snap under snow or ice. The burlap will also protect the tree from the cold winds which can dry it out. These trees can lose their moisture due to the winds which can lead to winter burn.

Anti-Drying Agent

There are anti-desiccant agents on the market better known as anti-drying agents. They are sprayed onto the plants to help prevent drying from the wind. These agents can be put on the plant in the latter part of the fall before the temperature reach the freezing point. This can help prevent them from drying.

Fall Watering

Proper watering during the fall months can help protect the plants and trees from the wind during the winter months. Damage can occur to the trees when they try to get water from the Earth which has become frozen. Since the plants will not be able to get this water they can experience winter burn. Watering in the fall can help prevent this and reduce the injury to the tree. During the autumn months, the trees should be watered sparingly. When the leaves begin to fall off they should get a deep watering so they can store this water. This should be done in the later fall. The plants will be able to transition from the growing season to the times when it is dormant. Plants will not put out new growth at this time which may not be strong enough to handle the winter weather. This is not a bad thing to do. It will help the plants adjust to the changing climate and will help them survive the harsh winter months.


Before the winter the trees and the shrubs should be pruned. Proper pruning can help prepare the trees for the winter and reduce winter burn. The tree should not be pruned in the early fall. If done at this time new growth will begin to sprout. When pruning the plants remove any dead or weak branches that may snap during the winter from the weight of the ice or snow. If there a taller tree near the home with longer branches a professional should come and cut down some of the branches. This will help protect the house if they happen to fall.

Build a Shelter

A shelter of wire cage can be put around the shrubs. Burlap is then put over the wire to protect the plants from the cold. This will prevent the winds from removing moisture from the tree and lead to winter burn.

These are some ways to protect the winter landscape including the evergreen plants and trees from winter burn. The winter winds and cold temperatures are hard on these plants. A person needs to take measures to protect them so they can have lush and healthy landscaping in the spring.