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      Making sure your bare shrubs are bushy for spring

      During last year's drought many lawns, landscapes and other plants suffered tremendously.

      Almost everyone's lawn and landscaping activities were affecting and many plants were stressed or even died.

      The drought had a major impact on trees and shrubs, both in our personal landscapes and in natural, forested land.John Nolan, co-founder of Trumascape tells us the drought isn't the only blame for stressed and dying trees, the pine borer beetle is also the blame.

      "A big misconception last year was that the drought, the heavy drought that we had in 2012 contributed to most of plant loss especially in pine trees and other evergreens," Nolan said. "What actually happened was we had a severe case of the pine bore beetle, infected a lot of the evergreens and pine trees around town and that's why you see these types of trees completely brown and dead from last year."

      He says whenever you get a plant that is completely brown or completely yellow, most of the time it means the plant suffered from some type of attack whether it's a beetle attack or root damage.

      "When you start getting a little bit of browning and yellowing in the leaves or especially the corners of the leaves, just around the outside an variegated pattern that's how you know the plant has gone through some drought stress," Nolan said.

      He tells us some of those shrubs and plants can be nursed back to good health. Just because your plants may not have leaves on them or are yellowing a bit does not mean they are dead.

      You can do the pliability test on your shrubs, Nolan tells us. He says if you're able to do a significant bend on the branch of your shrubs before they break, it means your plant is still living. However, if it snaps or breaks easily, it's dead.