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When you’ve planted a new tree, it’s important to protect it from the harsh elements of winter. Before winter comes, it’s a good idea to wrap your trees with a plastic tree guard or burlap, depending on the type of tree.  Evergreens benefit the most from wrapped in burlap, while thin barked trees, like maples and sycamores, do best with plastic tree wrap.

Trees with thin bark should be wrapped to protect them from sunscald.  Sunscald occurs in winter when the sun warms the tree’s bark. When the sun disappears, the temperature drops rapidly, causing the bark to dry and crack.  Evergreen trees can get sunscald, too, when their needles turn brown.

You should wrap your tree in burlap or plastic if:

  • They are a newly planted tree
  • Weak for any reason
  • Fully exposed to harsh winds
  • Dehydrated

Once spring has sprung, it’s time to remove the wrap.  Leaving the tree wrap on too long can be an invitation for pests, disease, and serious damage to your tree.  Typically, it’s best to leave the wrap up from November until April. If the last winter frost has hit, it’s safe to remove the wrap around your tree, even if it’s not April yet.  Use new wraps each season to protect your tree.

While wrapping your trees in the winter is important, it’s also important to make sure to remove the wrap in a timely manner.

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Trees and shrubs that keep their foliage all year round are a great way to give your yard some privacy without the need of a bulky and unsightly fence.  Here are some of the fastest growing evergreens that can turn your yard from ordinary to extraordinary.

  1. Thuja Green Giant.  This mammoth evergreen can grow up to 40 feet tall!  This plant is is drought tolerant and resists insect infestations.  It grows well in practically any type of soil, and likes full sun exposure.  These plants can even be used as a windscreen in some rural areas.
  2. Leyland Cypress.  This cypress loves lots and lots of sunlight. Its bluish green hue makes it a popular evergreen to plant.  These trees can reach up to 70 feet tall. The Leyland Cypress can grow in most soil and is drought tolerant.
  3. Nellie Stevens Holly.  This is a tall shrub, growing up to 25 feet high.  It produces a beautiful red berry in late fall that attracts all kinds of birds and wildlife.  It needs direct sunlight and slightly acidic soil to grow well.
  4. Italian Cypress.  These beauties are perfect for smaller yards.  The Italian Cypress can grow to be anywhere from 40 to 60 feet tall, and 4 to 5 feet wide.  They are tall and straight like a column naturally, so you won’t need to trim it to maintain its shape.  These trees do best in warmer climates, are drought resistant, and grows well in most soils.
  5. Taylor Juniper.  Taylor Junipers are the trees for you if you love the look of the Italian Cypress but live in a colder climate.  It can grow to heights of 30 feet. It can grow in most soil, is drought tolerant, and is perfect for smaller spaces.
  6. Murray Cypress.  This tree grows very quickly and can grow to be 30 to 40 feet tall.  They can handle the harshest of seasons, and thrive in poor soil. Murray Cypress are the perfect tree for the low maintenance gardener.  
  7. Golden Bamboo.  This is a great option for those who want more of an exotic look to their gardens.  This bamboo can grow up to 10 feet tall. They like moist, well drained soil, and partial sunlight.  

 

For your next privacy fence, why not grow one instead of build one?