Apply anti-transpirants or anti-desiccants to protect your plants from damaging winter cold and winds.
During the winter, cold winds do their best to dry out or dehydrate your plants. This is commonly seen in the Arborvitaes (pictured) in our area, particularly when they do not receive enough water before the winter. Using an anti-transpirant will help fight dehydration and drying in your plants and trees.
Anti-transpirants and anti-desiccants are actually the same thing. Although the word transpire means to pass through a pore or membrane, and the word desiccate means to dry or dehydrate; when paired with the prefix anti they both allude to the fight against dehydration or drying. The term anti-transpirant; however, is the more commonly used term.
The cold, seemingly ever-lasting, winter winds that we experience in New England can dehydrate a plant or tree in no time. Applying anti-transpirants in the late fall will help your plants retain moisture and protect them the cold, drying winds. Anti-transpirants will also help protect from salt damage in the winter. It is a good idea to coat your plants with anti-transpirants if they are close to a road where rock salt is used for snow and ice control, or if they are along the coast and are susceptible to salt spray during winter storms. Burlapping plants and shrubs will also fight dehydration and salt damage this winter.
Anti-transpirants sprays can be found at your local hardware or garden store. If you do not feel comfortable with the application, our Plant Health Care technicians can provide the service for you. Ensure that you protect your plants from damaging wind and salt this winter. Request a consultation a Plant Health Care pro to learn more.