Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries, Ask Mary Stone, New Jersey Garden blog

Wilt Pruf

In the Northeast, late fall is the time to bring out the big guns to prevent transpiration – the loss of water from plant parts particularly leaves. When plants are unable to replenish the water due to frozen soil or drought, dehydration and damage can occur. Last year’s winter wreaked havoc on evergreens. Combined with this year’s dry growing season, they are exceptionally vulnerable. Deeply water plants before the ground freezes, and continue to water during winter months when above freezing if Mother Nature doesn’t provide. You can create physical windbreaks with stakes and burlap; or spray Wilt-Pruf which is a natural resin derived from pine trees. Let that dry then you may as well apply a systemic Deer Spray such as Deer Out as a double whammy of winter protection!

With Wilt Pruf

With Wilt Pruf

Without Wilt Pruf

Without Wilt Pruf

Mary Stone, owner of Stone Associates Landscape Design & Consulting. As a Landscape Designer, I am grateful for the joy of helping others beautify their surroundings which often leads to sharing encouragement and life experiences. These relationships inspired my weekly column published in THE PRESS, 'Garden Dilemmas? Ask Mary', began in 2012. I dream of growing the evolving community of readers into an interactive forum to share encouragement and support in Garden and Personal Recoveries - seeking nature’s inspirations, stimulating growth, weeding undesirables, embracing the unexpected. Thank you for visiting! Mary

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