Deer: Winter Protection Treatment

Cold temperatures, snow, ice, high winds and salt can harm your shrubs and trees over the winter through desiccation or drying out. When the ground freezes, plant roots are unable to take up water from the soil, so they quickly begin to use up all the water stored in their leaves and stems. This is particularly damaging to evergreen trees and shrubs that don’t protect themselves by dropping their leaves in winter.

 

Anti-desiccants are products that can be applied to evergreen trees and shrubs to help hold in moisture through the winter.

However, the biggest wintertime threat to shrubs, ornamentals and young trees are deer.

As winter wears on, their primary food sources dwindle and deer will turn their attention to your shrubs, trees and plantings, including arborvitae, hemlock, cypress, holly, juniper, laurels, pines, rhododendron, azaleas and particularly to evergreen trees. A hungry deer will find almost any plant palatable, so no plant is “deer proof.”

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Connecticut News Alert

Over the past month, the presence of mosquitoes testing positive for the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus led to field curfews, warnings and health scares in several Connecticut towns.

The EEE scare began taking shape over the past week when state health officials announced that a second Connecticut resident had died as a result of the virus and that EEE-infected mosquitos were now found in South Windsor. Two Connecticut residents from East and Old Lyme were killed by the EEE virus, officials confirmed. EEE mosquitoes have now been found in 21 Connecticut towns.

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