Answer: Based on your description this sounds like winter damage. This is a wait and see type of situation as it depends on how severe the damage is. However, you can trim off any truly dead branch tips now. Live wood will be flexible with green inside the bark, dead wood will be dull brown or gray and brittle, it will snap in your hand. Begin at the tips and trim off dead wood, continuing until you reach live wood. Good luck with your little hemlocks!
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