It certainly was a long winter- and as I drive throughout the day and enjoy the blooming and lush foliage, I can’t help but also notice the harshness of winter leaving its marks behind. Unfortunately, the effects of winter will still been seen and felt on many trees even after the snow has melted in the form of winter burn.
Winter burn affects many evergreens and young trees. It is created when cold temperatures and harsh winds smack into the trees and lick up all the moisture leaving the trees thirsty and dry. The harshness of the winter- takes away the water and nutrients of a tree leaving leaved and needles brown and deprived.
As temperatures continue to rise, you will be able to better recognize the areas affected by winter burn. You will find that the areas most affected will be those exposed to the most wind. They will appear brown or yellow and look dead or sickly. Winter burn is often misdiagnosed as sickness or disease and the tree is too hastily removed.
The best way to diagnose winter burn is to have a Certified Arborist come out and inspect your trees. Although the foliage may not be as dense this year, most trees and bushes do recover from this with proper pruning and treatment.