Anti-dessicants Insulate Against Moisture Loss
A protective shield that traps in needed moisture throughout the drying winter months,
anti-dessicants are a natural, pro-active approach to keep plants hydrated.
During a normal growth season, plants take in moisture through their roots and release it through their leaves and needles. If not experiencing a drought, this moisture would be replenished with rain and the cycle would continue. As we work to recover from this summer's record breaking dryness, anti-dessicants are more often recommended in preparation for winter.
PROTECTING FROM MOISTURE LOSS DURING THE WINTER AND TIMES OF DROUGHT
During the winter, however, the ground freezes and the plants are unable to absorb moisture from the soil - yet continue to lose moisture through their needles. Anti-dessicants provide a protective coating to the needles and broad leaf evergreens that will help retain the moisture for up to 4 months in the winter or 2 months in the summer (which is often a helpful approach during a drought like we had this year).
The first two photos above compare the effects of a boxwood shrub treated with anti-dessicants vs one that was not.
The third photo shows the natural pine resin, from which some anti-dessicants are made.
AN ORGANIC AND SAFE TREATMENT
Anti-dessicants provide a non-toxic, biodegradable shield.