Knock if off? Snow, that is

Wed. Dec. 13, 2017

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Knock it off?  Snow, that is

Should I knock it off or not?  That is the question some folks in the northland ask when faced with snow and ice covering their conifers and other shrubs and trees.  When our timbers are shivering, our first instinct is to knock that stuff off, set the branches free, however, you might do more harm than good.  And put your own safety at risk.

Snow laden conifer

Snow laden conifer

Ice on Spirea

Ice on Spirea

Always proceed with caution as you head out after a wintry mix.  I’ve seen trees that literally sparkle in the sun as the ice has frozen like icicles after a snowstorm.  It’s beautiful but is it harmful?  Depends…  is it harmful to YOU, who might be trying to knock it off and instead, knock yourself out with a brittle branch OR is it harmful to the tree?  Some light ice is not a problem but heavy ice and snow weighing down branches could be.  Never mess with a tree where there are downed wires, don’t walk underneath heavily laden branches.

An excellent video from my friend Glenn Switzer of Gardens of Castle Rock:  Removing snow from trees and shrubs:

 

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Ice on tree with man
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