This month and next are ideal for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs and fruit trees. Be sure not to damage the branch collar while removing branches.
Trees and shrubs in containers, broadleaf evergreens and recently installed plants are prone to damage from drying out. Check on your plants when temperatures reach 40° or above and water thoroughly if they are dry. With temperatures between 40°-50°, apply an anti-dessicant to azaleas, rhododendrons, hollies or other needled evergreens. WiltPruf is a popular brand to consider using. Anti-dessicants leave a thin, waxy film over the tiny pores on the surface of the plants leaves, sealing any moisture inside of them and preventing the leaves from drying out and curling. Be certain to follow the directions on the product label and only use on plants that are listed on it.
With extremely cold temperatures that are possible in our area, even cold hardy plants can die if not protected. Prevent cold damage to your containerized trees and shrubs by wrapping them with an insulating material such as burlap, newspaper or surrounding it with bags of soil or mulch. If it’s possible, try moving them into your garage or alongside your house for extra protection.