Winter burn on Norwegian weeping spruce.

Asked April 27, 2018, 4:02 PM EDT

Is there anything a person can do to the tree to prevent winter burn?

Lawrence County South Dakota

1 Response

Norway spruce are usually pretty good getting through the winter with little damage from needles drying out. A young tree would be more likely to be stressed by this since it root system may not be well developed. What you can do is water in the fall. If the fall is dry than plants will have less moisture going into the winter and are more likely to have winter burn. Of course a windy exposure complicates the drying of needles. Keep evergreens that have this tendency to have winter injury watered up until time ground freezes in fall. Plants need about 1 inch of water per week.