brown branches on shrubs

"Our post winter shrubs have suffered from the cold or wind. Although they remain mostly green,They have occasional, mostly at top or bottom of plant, golden brown branches. Will cutting them off help or should they be fertilized or sprayed or both? They are all within 3 years old. Is it wind damage from cold Michigan winters? They are yews and arborvitaes. Thanks.. CM"
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

It sounds like your evergreens are winter-burned.  The freezing weather and low humidity combine to dry and damage the foliage. Prune off the brown branches and tip damage. You can fertilize when the plants start their spring growth. Next fall be sure the shrubs go into the winter well watered. You can apply protective sprays to coat the foliage next year. The coating will reduce evaporation from the leaves, which will lessen winter damage.

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