Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Shrubbery Flubbery -- Will Heavy Snow Harm Shrubs, Bushes and other Plants?
Wintry wonderings. Will the heavy snow harm shrubs and bushes? Should I remove or brush snow from the hedge? Will snow or ice damage shrubs? Evergreens and icy snow have a complicated relationship. Nature can be harmful at times.
Under best circumstances, the branches are loosely tied together in the late fall, which normally helps to avoid debate, and potential damage. Last fall, life got in the way, so nature is currently getting the better of our greenery.
And remember to wear a scarf. Loose collars collect pine needles, which can get pretty uncomfortable.
Finally, keep salt and other de-icers away from the beds holding your greenery. Shoveling a chemically treated walkway onto a hedge area transfers harmful elements into the soil which seep in after the spring thaw. Sodium's no better for plants than it is for homosapiens.
With care, however, those lovely boxwoods planted along the entryway will be lush full and green in a few months.
While we wait, that coffee smells extraordinary!