What to do about Frost Damage on Japanese Maples!
Late frost can be a nightmare for gardeners, and if you live in Western North Carolina, you're no stranger to this phenomenon. Frost damage can wreak havoc on Japanese Maples, but identifying it can be tricky. Some people mistake frost damage for sunburn, which is why it's important to know what you're dealing with. So, what can you do to prevent frost damage on your Japanese Maples?
Covering your trees with frost cloth or sheets is a simple and effective solution. But be sure not to use plastic, as it can make the problem worse. If you're wondering why only one of your trees is showing signs of frost damage, it may be due to microclimates in your garden. Certain areas may be warmer or colder than others, and filling these areas with cultivars that leaf out a little later can help combat late frosts.
If your tree has already been damaged by frost, don't panic. Wait about a week and then give it a bit of liquid fertilizer to help it push new growth. MrMaple suggests waiting two weeks between each dose of liquid fertilizer. Whatever you do, don't prune your tree. Pruning may damage buds underneath the leaves that are damaged from frost. Instead, allow the leaves to dry up and fall off. If you're still in danger of frost, watering your tree well directly after a frost is your best bet.
By taking these steps, you can prevent frost damage on your Japanese Maples and help them recover if they've already been affected. Don't let frost ruin your garden – take action now to protect your trees!