Preparing Plants for Snow
Got your bread and milk? Now it’s time to prepare your plants for the snow storm. Here are some tips from our horticulturists:
- If you have a tree or plant that is prone to breaking under the snow, you can gently knock snow off the branches with a broom as the snow accumulates.
- It’s not a good idea to knock ice off plants — it may damage the plant.
- With certain trees, branches will break and there’s really not much you can do. But most plants will be fine even if they loose a limb and you can always prune broken limbs later.
- If you have a special tree that is small enough, like this Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Hanami Nishiki,’ you can create a bamboo pole “tent” or tepee to offer it some protection from the weight of heavy snow.