Jan 21st, 2016

Preparing Plants for Snow

Acer palmatum 'Hanami Nishiki' with a protective tepee.

Bamboo tepee to protect a this Acer palmatum ‘Hanami Nishiki’ from heavy snowfall.

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.

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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