We need protection from the cold winds of winter and so do our favorite plants. You’ve been so attentive over the warmer months, don’t forget about them now.
While we’ve had some rain the last few days, you want to be sure plants such as evergreens don’t go into winter dry. Be sure you give supplemental water as needed.
Apply anti-desiccant sprays like Wilt-proof to broadleaf evergreens like Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Burlap screen susceptible evergreens like Dwarf Alberta spruce from winter burn. Plants most susceptible to damage are those that go into the winter dry, do not have a mulch cover and face the south or southwest.
If you have a young tree in your yard, be sure you protect it from South-West disease. During the winter months, shifts from cold to warm air temperatures cause trees to naturally expand and contract. That expansion and contraction can cause splitting or cracking in the bark of young trees. Protect these young trees by wrapping them with tree wrap.