This month’s weather has been incredibly confusing for Virginia residents. The cold, rain, and then warmth cycles make it difficult to dress in the morning and maintain a comfortable temperature in our homes. You may have also noticed that the strange weather is affecting your lawn!
If your plants are looking dead or rust-brown in color, they may be experiencing what is referred to as “winter burn.” The heavy snow and freezing temperatures we experienced in December and January have caused winter burn on many evergreen plants due to the lack of water being transferred to leaves when the ground is frozen, and with the sun shining brightly, it evaporates any water already in the leaves. As temperatures rise, and plants begin to sprout new leaves, the damaged areas begin to drop off, leaving areas of the plant bare.
It can be nearly impossible to repair plants already suffering from winter burn, but you can remove the dead areas of the plant and provide a healthy environment with new soil, fertilizer and plenty of water to allow for new growth. If the plant is completely dead and presents no new growth, you’ll need to completely remove the plant to prevent rot.
Because of the often and unpredictable Virginia winters, it is difficult to plan ahead and completely avoid winter burn and/or damage to plants without consulting a professional. If you are planning a new garden or replacing dead plants and want to avoid winter burn, contact the experts at Basnight Land & Lawn who know when and where to place plants to keep them healthy and thriving.
Now is the perfect time to start working on your garden so that it is in tip-top shape and ready for spring blooms. If you need to repair winter burn damage or plan your garden to prevent damage next winter, give us a call today at (757) 436-9617 or use our online consultation form.