Winterizing an Arborvitae


Shrubs such as arborvitae are prone to being damaged during the winter season. These plants are easily destroyed by wind and snow storms. Try the following steps to ensure that your arborvitae will survive the winter.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Bark mulch or ground-up leaves
  • Rolls of burlap
  • Jute twine
  • Good pair of scissors

Step 1: Start Preparing During Fall

Don't fail to water your arborvitae everyday during Fall. Spread bark mulch at the base of the plant. You could also use ground-up leaves here just be sure that the spread out proportion is around 4 inches.

Step 2: Set-up a Wind Barrier

Use around four wooden stakes that you would dig into the imaginary four corners of the shrub. Wrap your burlap roll around these stakes.  Make sure that you don't break any stem while rapping your arborvitae. Give it enough space to breathe. The burlap should also not deform your arborvitae.

Step 3: Doubling the Protection

Seal the burlap using jute twine. Do not use wires as these could damage your plants. You can also tie the twines to sturdy foliage like trees around the area of your shrubbery.


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