Wondering why your evergreens are turning brown? The experts in San Carlos have some answers for you
What Are Evergreen Trees?
Evergreen trees are a wonderful type of tree to use for landscaping, gardening, or in your backyard. They are similar to firs, pines, spruces, and cedars since they gradually lose their leaves and stay green all year round. Some of them are large and others are small and bushy.
Most evergreens produce either pollen cones or seed cones. They stary green even in the most frigid or hot climates and they consist of needle-like leaves. Some of them are pointy and others are soft.
How Do Evergreens React To Temperature Changes?
In the warmer months, evergreen trees will be vibrant and full of needle-like leaves. They will look full and should not be any other color. However, when it comes times for the colder weather months, the trees will have a bronze or brown color to them. The color change is how the tree reacts to the low temperatures and sunlight. When they turn colors, such as olive or purple-colored, this is called “winter bronzing”. They are not dead, just discolored from the change in temperature and sunlight.
Are They Dead?
When evergreens are dead, they will be brown, but in an alternate way. Rather than being a normal bronze or purple color, they will be orange-brown to dark brown and the branches will be crispy and break when bent rather than flexible.
Does The Evergreen Have Winter Burn?
Winter burn is the result of transpiration, which is a natural process in nature. The top of the wintergreen trees will appear as rust or brown-colored. The needles will be dead and it will look like the trees were lit on fire. It’s caused by dehydrated plant tissue and happens when the temperatures are frigid. There isn’t much you can do to protect them from this if it’s of a certain species. However, other species can be protected with some simple methods.
Protecting Your Evergreens From Winter Burn
You can protect your trees from winter burn by choosing a Sitka spruce or Colorado blue spruce tree to plant. If you didn’t plant the trees and they are a species that is prone to winter burn, there’s not much you can do to keep them from turning.
Once they have turned, wait until new growth has begun and remove the stems that are dead. You can do this by pruning the tree, which is usually done in the spring. Additionally, you can fertilize around the tree to get more nutrients.
There are also tree trimming experts available to help take care of those brown evergreens and get them looking beautiful again. Pruning and tree trimming is vital to the tree health of all species.
About Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting
Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting is a company located in San Carlos, CA. They specialize in tree care, arboricultural consulting, landscaping, and more. They offer free estimates and highly trained professionals that can efficiently tend to your property. Contact them at (650) 728-8308 to schedule top-rated tree service from experienced professionals.