The Snow’s a Big Mean &#*!

GardenWise on Winter Garden Repairs

As the snows piles high, frigid weather  wraps  stealthily around us, and your gardens must  sleep  through  the bombardment of winter. But our work is never done.  As more snow  storms approach many areas, here’s a short list of what you can do right  now  to  repair  snow  damaged gardens and  prepare your  garden  for the  post-winter months:

• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent the further tearing  of  bark. And remember to sharpen your tools before using!  Sharp tools make  cutting  easier  and they are less apt to tear at the at the bark when cuts are made. 

• If possible, drain any garden puddles that stand more than a few hours. Do not walk on garden soil when soggy, and  avoid walking on water-saturated lawns. 

• Check mulch for disturbance by squirrels & birds, and repair as needed.

 Make notes of possible garden improvements, additions, or even deletions as you walk around the garden.  Contemplate what you will need for these improvements and make a schedule for the spring.

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GardenWise on Repairing Snow Damaged Landscape

GardenWise on Snow Damaged Gardens

As the snow falls, I think about the long term effect it will have on so many gardens.  I see people burying beds in their front yards with piles of snow laced with salt, and  homeowners  salting their gardens on the local news.  I cringe each time I see it.  Put down the salt! and check out some tips on how to help your garden/landscape recover from the snow storms. 

*Stop Salting Near Your Garden!   Repeated use of salt will damage plants and change your soil structure.  If you used a lot of salt in the past couple of weeks, be sure to thoroughly water your lawn and landscape in early spring.

*Snapped branches should be cut cleanly just outside the swelling or collar where the base of the branch joins the trunk, but there is no need to be hasty. Waiting a month or two won’t harm the tree.

*Shrubs, which have multiple stems and denser branching, are more willing than trees to fill in from breakages, so cleanly remove the broken stems and sit back.

*The best thing you can do for azaleas, Japanese hollies or any other shrub buried in wet snow is to leave them alone. Trying to excavate a shrub will only damage stems and buds. If you must, use a broom and be gentle while dusting off any snow.  Flattened plants will spring back, perhaps not immediately, but they will want to reach for the sun again. Once the snow is gone, find broken branches and cut them cleanly where they meet another stem.

Gardenwise on Winter Garden Repairs

Gardenwise On Winter Garden Activities 

The snows piles high,  frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, and your garden must sleep through the bombard- ment of winter.  

But our work is never done.  Here’s a short list of what you can do right now to repair show  damaged gardens, and prepare your garden for the post-winter months:

• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent further tearing of bark.  And remember to sharpen your tools before using!  Sharp tools make cutting easier and they’re less apt to tear at the at the bark when cuts are made. 

• If possible, drain any garden puddles that stand more than a few hours. Do not walk on garden soil when soggy, and  avoid walking on water-saturated lawns. 

• Check mulch for disturbance by squirrels & birds, and repair as needed.

 Make notes of possible garden improvements, additions, or even deletions as you walk around the garden.  Contemplate what you will need for these improvements and make a schedule for the spring.

 See more winter landscape images