Forestry officials on Prince Edward Island say they've been getting more reports this year of winter burn on some Island trees.

Winter burn happens when the cold wind blows over evergreen needles, preventing the tree from drawing moisture. If the ground is frozen the tree can't hydrate itself, potentially killing it.

The most common symptom is browning.

Ken Mayhew, an information officer with the government's forests, fish and wildlife division, says the cold winter that hit the Maritimes this year is to blame.

“I think we've all become just a little bit lax in the way in which we prepare our plants around our homes sometimes to over winter. It hasn't been a big issue in the last few years but this year was a little bit more of that typical harsh, Island winter of years ago,” he said.

Mayhew said they have had reports of cedar and juniper trees being affected as well as spruce and pine hedges.