A screen that partially blocks the wind is another
way to reduce dehydration.
"Use sturdy stakes that are a couple of feet longer
than the plant is high," he said. "Place the stakes in the ground
before the ground begins to freeze. How many stakes you use depends
on whether you want a 'V'-shaped screen or a flat screen as well as
how many evergreens were planted.
"Once the ground begins to freeze, nail, staple, or
tie a material like burlap, a cheesecloth-like material made out of
nylon or other polyester, or even snow fencing to the stakes. If
using the 'V'-shaped screen around an individual plant, the bottom
of the 'V' stake is directly west of the plant. The other two stakes
are to the southeast and to the northeast. Make sure that the sides
of the 'V' extend beyond the plant. The entire east side of the
plant is left open."
Schuster said the plant should not be wrapped
entirely with protective material.
"The barrier is to reduce the flow of wind through
and around the evergreen," he said. "It is not supposed to stop the
wind entirely. You need to make sure light reaches all of the plant,
therefore do not situate the screen so the plant is supporting the
screen or that it even touches the plant."
Source: James Schuster, Extension Educator,