Welcome to Charleston, where we get...inches of snow? Wait, that can’t be right. Thanks to winter storm Grayson we had our own little winter wonderland. Beautiful as it was, how do you know how much damage it caused your trees and shrubs? Let’s take a look at some signs that your trees and shrubs need some love and attention before they are ready for the warm weather.
It is probably not the case that your roads were salted. If they were though, just be aware that the salt can dry out your trees and shrubs. They will appear burned and brown if they we damaged by salt.
More likely the case, however, is the rapid fluctuation of temperatures following the storm. Going from freezing to 60 degrees is rough on your trees, causing Sunscald and Winterburn. Often on thin-barked trees, the bark turns reddish brown and will eventually crack and fall off. This creates a damaged sunken area on your tree. The tips of your foliage, especially on evergreens, will brown and scorch. For shallow root plants, watch out for wilting and stunted growth. This could be signs of root damage.