Although not as bad as last year, winter has left some damage on many evergreens. As OMAFRA explained in a recent news bulletin, “Drying winds and warm, sunny days in late winter caused foliage to lose water. Because the ground is (usually) frozen, roots can not replenish lost water from the foliage and the foliage dries out and becomes brown. Newly-transplanted evergreens are even more susceptible because of their reduced root systems and ability to store water. Quite often, the damage is on the afternoon-sun side of the plant.”
The good news? Don’t give up on your winter-burned evergreen. As long as the buds were not damaged, new growth will appear and hide most of the damage.