What's Coming Up 211: Assessing winter's toll on the garden

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Trouble can appear to be a sudden development in spring. Here's how to recognize winter's effects in time to deal with them quickly and easily. 

March 19, 2014

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One picture of winter damage...

... that's what Steven stepped out to capture. He came back in towing a cart-full of troubling symptoms and interesting effects that may also greet you when you go out to reconnect with your garden. After a tough and record breaking winter we should have expected it -- the one article we planned turned into seven. Use it as a heads up and head off trouble by reading the signs your first time out.

Then, it will be "Trouble, get behind me!"

In Main Features: Assessing winter's toll on your landscape

Ah spring, we embrace you, just as soon as we deal with the vestiges of winter's cold. Start from this page to scan and check into various categories of trouble. Please don't miss our consolation prize! 

When evergreens go brown in spring

Why it happens, how to evaluate the damage, what you need to know about growth buds and damage to wood. If you wonder about a pine, spruce, falsecypress or other needled evergreen that's made a recent alarming change, this is the place to go for answers. 

Predicting deciduous- and broadleaf dieback

Few things are more frustrating than losing an established favorite shrub to winter's vagaries, but sometimes it happens. Even more aggravating is such a loss that remains mysterious. Here are signs to look for and solutions that will help you move quickly beyond the trouble. This article includes broadleaf evergreen problems.

Deciding what to cut

What's dead or badly injured should be removed. Use this guide to cut it in quick, sure fashion.

Hungry animals make their mark during winter

Interpret the signs, help plants recover, and maybe even improve your animal control strategies.


Blooms lost to cold

Cherry, dogwood, rhododendron are our examples. We use them to show you how to predict the upcoming blooms and busts.

What held its leaves may now need help

Deciduous plants that did not drop their leaves in fall are special cases. Give them special attention this spring.

Odd but not trouble

Sometimes problems can loom so large that even simple oddities become worrisome. We hope that won't happen to you now on the brink of what may be the most glorious, all-at-once spring, ever!

Linked throughout to help you remedy all the effects of winter snow, salt and wind

If it happened in winter there's some help for it here.

Believe it or not, we still have fun out there, even when problems top our to-do list. We hope you do, too.

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