Mid winter anti-desiccant applications soon!
Anti desiccant or anti transpirant means to keep from drying out or keep from transpiring. This plant health care application is done in late November or early December for the first round, then a second time when we get a mid winter thaw. We have just started the second round and will finish the second mid winter round next week. This application is a wax material that is sprayed on the leaf tissue of evergreens, such as boxwood, pieris or rhododendrons. The wax keeps the stomates from opening and water from leaving the leaf when there is little available ground moisture (due to it being frozen) to replace it. Once moisture leaves the leave and is not replaced the leaf tissue may turn brown and look burned.