Animals such as deer, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks are just a few of the creatures active year-round and live in the cold.
An important step in preventing your arborvitae from turning brown is to understand why it happens. There are times in the life of the tree and in times of the year that make it more susceptible to browning. During the first few months after the tree is transplanted is one of those times.
Many landscape plants incur winter damage. Dead branches and twigs found in the spring are often the result of ice and snow damage during the winter. Often the rapid drop in temperature during a mid-winter thaw causes bark splitting and frost or freeze results in plant injury.