This past winter really has been the gift that keeps on giving.
As spring has progressed I've received a number of calls related to damaged or poorly performing ornamental plants. Among the species I have been contacted about (I don't have the specific varieties affected.) are boxwood, yew, privet and sweet gum. I have a forsythia in my yard with what looks like severe winter injury.
A secondary impact is that, due to the snow cover and scarcity of their usual food sources, many trees and shrubs have been damaged by wildlife. Rabbits seem to be the main culprit, however deer damage has also been reported.
This year one of the keys in determining just how extensive the damage is, is to wait and see how the plant recovers. Usually we recommend pruning dead or damaged plant tissue as quickly as possible, however this is a unique situation.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.