Common Signs of Winter Burn
The signs and symptoms of winter burn in trees vary depending on the species. For instance, the needles of Fir trees might turn yellow or red, whereas spruces and pines will experience yellow to brown discoloration, leading to red tipped needles. The “ombre” needle coloring is the most common sign of winter burn. Usually, one side of a tree is affected more than the other because of wind and sun exposure. So a half discolored evergreen could be suffering from desiccation.
Treatment and Prevention
To treat winter burn, you must start by preventing it from happening in the first place. That is because most trees that come down with desiccation are not curable, especially for newly planted or young trees. Once needles discolor or die, they will not come back until next spring; and that’s only if you take the proper precautions throughout the rest of the year.
Common Methods of Prevention:
☑ Regular Watering (12-18 inches of saturation per week)
☑ Pest Management
☑ Wind Barriers
☑ Routine Tree Pruning
☑ Regularly Water Newly Planted/Young Trees