07November 21, 2019

Well, that was quite the spell of cold weather. I don’t know about you but for me, that first wave of really cold weather each year really takes some getting used to.

I was looking out the window at home and watching the birds eating the fruit on the Kousa dogwood tree. It made me realize again that we all should be planting some things in our yard that allow birds, butterflies and bees some type of food that they need for their existence. I have a bird feeder that right now is as busy as flights going in and out of Logan Airport. Yet providing other sources of food is important to all the creatures that inhabit our yard. Just something to keep in mind, come the spring planting season.

Many of you will be filling your window boxes or other planters with evergreen boughs for the holiday season. You may be putting up wreaths and you may be putting up evergreen garland around the outside of your home or business. If you have done this before, you will likely remember that some years, these evergreens will tend to turn brown early in the season. By the time the end of the year rolls around, you may just be thinking that it time to pull all the greens up and throw them out.

However, if you would like to extend the season for a bit or you want to keep those greens looking good until at least the end of the season, there is something that you can do now to help those evergreens to hold up better through the season.

During the early part of the fall, I had told you about protecting your evergreen shrubs from the drying winds of winter. The product that I told you about was called Wilt-Pruf. This product is actually a spray on type of wax that would put a protective layer over the leaves of your evergreens. Once you applied this product, it would cut back the moisture loss from the leaves by 30 to 50%. You can also use this product to spray the needles of the wreaths, garland and evergreen boughs to cut the moisture loss from the needles of those decorations.

This product works best when you apply it at temperatures above 40 degrees and when the product dries during daylight hours. The product needs the ultraviolet rays of the daylight hours to set up properly. I have found that many people who put a wreath between a regular door and a storm door will find the wreath turning brown quickly due to the sun and trapped heat between the 2 doors. If you spray the wreath with the Wilt-Pruf before you put the wreath up, the wreath will hold up for a very long time.

Well, that all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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