Burlap wrapping arbervites

Asked December 7, 2015, 1:35 PM EST

We planted arbervites in the early summer and I wanted to wrap them in burlap for winter. How tightly should I/can I wrap them? Also, There is quite a bit of browning already, how do I know if the area is dead or just stressed? See images.

Anoka County Minnesota arborvitae browning needles

1 Response

The burlap doesn't need to be wrapped tightly, just secure enough that it doesn't sag or pull away in heavy snow or wind. Leave the top open.

Although the photos show brown inner needles, the outer needles appear to be healthy. Arborvitae shed some needles closest to the trunk in the fall so what's shown may be normal. Fall needle browning will probably be less conspicuous after the trees are well established. In any case the brown needles are dead and will not become green again.

Learn more here:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/protecting-from-winter-damage/