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    My evergreen bushes are still brown and not showing any signs of recovery from this winter. Is it possible this winter was just too cold for them and I'm going to lose them or what?



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    Re: Question for plant/landscape experts

    Ours are like this too. But I think they're getting better



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    Re: Question for plant/landscape experts

    Winter burn. From what Ive been told, they will either very slowly get better, or die. The later is more likely.



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    Re: Question for plant/landscape experts

    Central Iowa got his with a pretty dry fall and a colder and windier than normal winter. This caused wide-spread "winter burn" in evergreens that are susceptible. I started wrapping some of my more vulnerable conifers in burlap a few years ago and this has worked well in the past. However even these got burned this year.
    Yours may still come back as not all plants will have new growth quite yet. You may need to do some heavy pruning but I would wait a few more weeks yet to see what happens. I am waiting on a few of mine but I yanked four out of the ground already and will be replacing them with varieties that can handle winter a little better.



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    Re: Question for plant/landscape experts

    Not an expert at all (brown thumb actually)

    But I have two iteas/sweetspires that I thought had bit it from the winter. About dug them up last weekend.

    Just noticed today it's leafing out down low.

    I've heard alot of people talking about damage, winter burn and late starts to plants this year. May be worthwhile to hold out a few more weeks before doing anything. If you're in the central Iowa area - it's not like we've had a whole lot of warm weather yet. I know my vegetable seedlings are really struggling this spring



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    Re: Question for plant/landscape experts

    I think the color brown might be antithetical to the term "Ever-green". They be dead.


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    Re: Question for plant/landscape experts

    As others have said, very common this year. Be patient this year may be worse than others. You can try watering them w/ some muric acid or acid based Miracle Grow. This has helped ours in the past. Pretty cheap option to replacing. I recommend doing this annually. Has done wonders for ours.



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