PLANT LIFE: Extreme Cold Has Impact

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One of the potential effects of this harsh winter won’t even show up until we finally thaw out.

It could mean a lot more maintenance and costs for your landscaping come spring.

Because of the prolonged extreme cold and windy conditions plants like evergreen bushes, ornamental grasses and some trees could see damage.

Perennials might be iffy too.

“Most plants in this area rated for temperatures of -20 at the lowest. We’ve dipped below that many times this year so we’re going to see definite winter burn on evergreens, see die back on shrubs,” Kate Terrell of Wallace’s Garden.

The bottom line is, you could face a lot of extra pruning.

In some cases a total replacement might be needed. It’s expensive, but recommended for any plants that are more than 40 percent brown.