Desiccation or drying of foliage can be more of a concern in February as the sun is gradually becoming stronger. Evergreen trees and shrubs, particularly those growing in southern or western exposure should be checked for damage. If there is damage the foliage will appear discoloured, brown and in severe cases crisp. A good preventative is liberal applications of a commercial “anti-desiccant” such as WiltPruf™. A reasonable pre-emptive measure is to shield the evergreen with burlap or a similar, open weave cloth, never plastic. The simple physical protection from the sun is often sufficient to deter sun scald and desiccation.
February 11th, 2018