Remember that ominous forecast from last week? Yeah, that happened. Winter Storm Jonas has come and gone through the Mid-Atlantic, and yards throughout the region are now blanketed in snow. With this much snow, it’s likely that you may have suffered some winter landscaping damage, but fear not! Evergreen Gene’s is here with some landscape revival tips that will help you bring your yard back to life once all this snow melts.
Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are quite vulnerable to heavy storms like this, since their branches are most susceptible to the weight of ice and snow. Below are some instance of winter landscaping damage to trees and shrubs look out for, and tips for landscape revival.
Problem: There’s snow EVERYWHERE!
Solution: We know! A lot of it! The best thing you can do to prevent winter landscaping damage from the weight of all the snow is to brush it off with a broom rather than try to shovel it. Knocking off as much snow as you can will alleviate a lot of pressure on your plants.
Problem: My branches are covered in ice and I’m afraid they’ll break!
Solution: Wait. While it’s not ideal for your branches to be coated in ice, you’re more likely to damage them further by trying to remove it. Ice will gradually melt over the next few days, and you’ll be able to breathe easy again.
Problem: My branches already broke during the storm!
Solution: Hey, it’s probably okay. It might even be a good thing! First you should trim any broken branches to avoid moisture damage or future insect infestation, but make sure to leave at least 1/4“ of the branch collar to facilitate healthy growth. Some shrubs actually benefit from occasional pruning for rejuvenation. At the very least, as long as it’s safe to do so, wait until leaves come back in the springtime to assess whether the tree or shrub might be able to revive itself in a year or two.
Grass and Other Plants
The bad news is that any above-ground planters and non-winter flowering plants are likely done for. The good news is that your grass will recover and now you have the opportunity to pick out new flowering plants! Yay!
Problem: My planters are dead 🙁
Solution: Yeah… Unfortunately, there probably isn’t much to be done about that. You can try bringing them inside and seeing if warmer temperatures will revive them, but your chances aren’t great. In the future, bringing planters inside during colder months will help them live through the winter.
Problem: There’s still snow everywhere!! Where’s my lawn?!
Solution: You’re right, having your lawn covered in snow is not ideal. Hopefully you took the time to rake well and give your lawn one last haircut before the storm hit, reducing your chances of snow mold. If not, don’t worry too much. With time and strategic seeding, your lawn will be good as new in the spring.
We hope your winter landscaping damage wasn’t too bad! With a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck, your road to landscape revival will be an easy one. And never hesitate to contact Evergreen Gene’s for assitance!
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