Intuitively, I shoveled out the inside bomblets of snow from Steed.
It’s great that it’s warmer. But the down side is ice forming on the top of the snow, making it all the more difficult to lift the snow and the branches.
I know I’m not the only one who may be working Plant Rescue this year so I did some research and asked the experts.
- During or right after a heavy snowfall, if it’s possible, use a pole or broom handle to knock off the wet snow from the smaller conifers and expensive or costly ornamental trees. This action will help reduce the bending of branch stems due to extra weight on branch tips.
- If going out in the snowstorm or right after is not possible, go the next day to clear snow from smaller conifers and ornamental trees as soon as possible to reduce the chance of bent limbs. If the structural integrity has been compromised, the limbs will never stand straight again.
- Prevent winter snow and ice damage on your valuable specimen trees, as well as the majestic trees on your property by having them storm-proofed and inspected by a Certified Arborist.
(Oh, and we needed some rosemary for the potatoes for dinner, so I was able to pick a stem straight from the garden. The tip of the bush was peaking out from under a snow mound!)
And the Coral Bark arbor couldn't have looked more sporting - it's flame red bark in stark relief to the cool white (heavy!) snow.