How to Help Trees and Shrubs Recover From Winter Damage

How to Help Trees and Shrubs Recover From Winter Damage

This week, another Nor’easter is dropping heavy snow on communities throughout Connecticut. At this point in the season, you may be concerned about the effect all this harsh winter weather is having on your landscaping. The good news is, healthy trees and shrubs are pretty resilient, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about most of the plantings on your property. If you’re still worried about the damage this latest storm might do your landscaping, however, there are steps you can take to help vulnerable trees and shrubs recover in the spring.

Sweep Snow off Shrubs

This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent heavy snow from breaking the branches on your shrubs. Just use a broom to sweep snow off the branches with gentle, upward strokes. Don’t try to remove snow and ice by shaking the shrubs, as this can do more harm than good.

Wait for Snow to Melt off Tree Limbs

It’s generally not a good idea to manually remove snow and ice from tree branches, because you may accidentally cause them to crack and split in the process.  Instead, wait for the snow to melt and then go out to assess the damage. If only small branches are broken, the tree should recover just fine on its own. If larger branches are broken, you can still protect the tree by carefully pruning the broken branches.

Ask for Help If Necessary

If any trees have been toppled or seriously damaged by snow and ice, considering recruiting a trained professional for help. Repairing wounded trees and removing large branches can be difficult and even dangerous if you’re not an experienced arborist.

If you need help revitalizing your landscaping after a long winter, the team at Brother Tree & Lawn Service would be happy to lend a hand. Just give us a call or contact us online today to speak with a representative!

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