Now that the winter months are ending and the spring weather is here most people are ready to take on some cleaning and prep for the upcoming weather. The spring is the best time of year for your trees and other plants to grow and flourish. The trees that have flowers or fruit will start to bloom and new growth will begin to show. It is also the time of year that you may start to notice any damage that your trees may have sustained over the winter. You want to make sure you are aware of what could be wrong and what you can do about it. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that your trees are inspected and that they are trimmed and pruned when necessary. You also want to have a tree care company that can help to diagnose a problem that might exist. Milam Tree Services explains what winter burn is and what you can do about it.
What is Brown Winter Burn on Trees?
Winter burn happens in the winter as the name suggests. The tree will take in solar energy from the sunlight. This is part of the photosynthesis process that trees will go through. During the process the tree will release water which is referred to as transpiration. When the tree goes through transpiration it releases water through the leaves or the needles of the tree. The water than has to be replaced and that happens through the moisture in the soil. The problem in the winter is that the ground can be too frozen or there can be a drought. That makes the amount of water that the tree gets too low and the moisture is not replaced. When this happens the tree will have what is called winter burn. The needles or the leaves on the tree will start to turn brown or rust colored.
Is Winter Burn Bad for Your Trees?
You might think that the color change in the winter is not a big deal and it will correct in the spring. The problem is that your tree has been dehydrated in the winter and it can start to die and it can even lead to the tree unable to come back from it.
How to Prevent Winter Burn
You want to make sure that when you choose trees to be planted on your property you talk to a professional. They will make sure that you know where to plant each tree to give it the light and moisture that it needs. You also want to make sure that you keep your trees cared for and keep them in good health. This will help them get through a cold winter.
How To Treat Winter Burn Turning Your Trees Brown
If you have a tree that has winter burn you will need to have it inspected by a professional. Some trees will not be able to recover if the winter burn is severe but trees can often be saved by pruning. This is best done during the spring after the harshest winds and temperatures of winter are over and before the boxwood begins sprouting new summer growth.