In the past few months we've endured many snow and ice storms that have been unkind, especially to our friends out in the garden. Taking the time to inspect these plants is an important step in nurturing a healthy landscape this year. Here are a few problems to look for.
|Arborvitae weighed down by heavy snow|
Snow Load Damage:
Heavy snowstorms can cause damage to shrubs and tree branches and stems by weighing down their branches. These broken branches and stems will need to be careful pruned to aid in the healing process.
Soft wooded shrubs like this row of Arborvitae will often bend as the snow piles on. This added weight could strain the branches causing breakage and peeling. Several of these bent branches could bounce back once they've thawed out. Be careful not to disturb them in their frozen state as you may cause more damage.
|Foliage damage from a stressful winter|
This can be a significant cause of damage especially in evergreens because they do not go dormant in the winter months. You may notice spots where the foliage has burnt, as shown in the image to the right. Often the plant will drop these leaves naturally so be patient and wait before getting those pruners out. Premature pruning can cause more damage.
Salts used on roadways, driveways, and sidewalks to eliminate ice can cause major damage to vegetation. To decrease the damage to your exposed plants irrigate the effected area. Water will naturally help leach these salts out of the contaminated soil. Check out our blog post on "Tips on Deicers" for more information.
When cleaning up your garden it is important to know proper pruning techniques when removing broken and dead branches. Here is a great fact sheet that will aid you in keeping your garden healthy and beautiful.
As always Cedar Run Landscapes is here to help. Let us know if you have questions about winter damage or if you need any assistance in this springs clean up.