By Debbie Abrams Kaplan, BANKRATE.COM | December 13, 2013
"You don't just walk out and look at a fence," Lucco said.
Plants that continue to grow late into fall such as azaleas, boxwood and holly are susceptible to early freeze damage. When temperatures drop dramatically and the air’s moisture content is low, plants lose their moisture. Withholding water will not aid the plant in acclimating itself to winter, rather it may reduce the plants winter hardiness.
Afternoon sun exposure may also compound the problem ... further drying the plants. Damage from wind, sunscald and/or lack of moisture or “desiccation” injury becomes evident in the spring time. Don’t forget to water and remember soil should be moist but not waterlogged. This winter don't forget to protect: pipes, pets and plants!