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I have a small evergreen shrub that gets frost burn in winter. I had been told to use tar paper on it over winter, but I was concerned that since it is a broad-leaved evergreen it might need light in winter. Is there a good way to cover it that doesn't set it back?

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  • Out of interest, do you know what type of evergreen shrub we're talking about here? Also could you please post a photo on the evergreen shrub in question... – Mike Perry Oct 9 '11 at 18:03
  • When plants go into winter dormancy they need little to no light. So it should be good. – nportelli Mar 21 '16 at 12:42
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Personally I would wrap the shrub, but leave the top open to the elements -- unless heavy snow load, damage, is a problem in your area, or the shrub you're protecting is susceptible to snow damage...

Bang into the ground a number of suitably sized timber stakes around the shrub:

  • Suitably sized timber stakes = 1inch x 1inch (25mm x 25mm) to 2inch x 2inch (50mm x 50mm), with a point cut in one end -- this will make driving them into the ground that much easier.

  • Cut the timber stakes to the height of the shrub you're protecting + 12inchs (300mm) minimum -- this will allow at least 12inchs (300mm) of the stakes to be embedded into the ground, thus giving your "protection system" adequate strength.

For maximum Wintertime protection:

  • Install the stakes about 6 to 8inches (150 to 200mm) away from the shrub you're protecting.

  • Wrap the stakes with something like:

    • Burlap.

    • A horticultural thermal/fleece blanket.

    • Chicken wire.

    • Plastic mesh.

  • Fill the enclosure with something like:

    • Non-diseased Autumn fall leaves.

    • Straw.

For minimum to moderate Wintertime protection:

  • Install the stakes as close as you can to the shrub you're protecting.

  • Wrap the stakes with something like:

    • Burlap.

    • A horticultural thermal/fleece blanket.

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