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Early February is a great time to inspect your broadleafs and evergreens for signs of winter burn or wind burn. The major symptom to look for is an orange or brown tint to the foliage on the south or west side of the plant. Winter burn is caused by severe drying of the foliage. Winter brings drying wind and frozen ground that deprives the plant of its normal water and nutrient intake. There are many products available to treat winter burn at local garden centers for homeowners to pick up. Spray broadleafs and evergreens with the product in early February for best results unless signs are noticed earlier. The spray usually lasts all season, but make sure the weather forecast is clear of any precipitation and freezing temperatures while applying the product. The spray acts as a shield between the foliage and winter environment while holding in moisture. Make sure to clearly read the product label before application as there are many broadleafs and evergreens that cannot be sprayed. Provide the broadleafs and evergreens with a deep watering in fall to also help prevent winter burn.