By John Stonaker, Dec 19 2017 02:19PM
While frosty weather can turn your yard into a winter wonderland, the beautiful scene can cause long-lasting damage to your landscape. Here are a few tips for cleaning your yard to minimize damage to your trees, shrubs, landscaping, and home after a winter storm.
First and foremost – be careful. If you have large branches or trees entwined with power lines, DO NOT attempt to remove them yourself. Always assume that power lines are live. Contact the local utility company for assistance and consult a residential tree service for help as well.
Also, if there are large branches dangling from a tree or a tree is leaning precariously – contact a tree specialist. A tree service company can safely remove hazardous branches and trees before they damage your home or property.
Knock it Off
Knock heavy snow off of branches and shrubs. This is especially important if temperatures are predicted to drop – as heavy snow can turn into even heavier ice. Weight-laden branches are likely to snap – not only causing damage to your trees, but to anything below. Also, heavy snow on shrubs can harm their shape and health.
But Let Ice Melt
If the precipitation falls as ice, or if snow has already turned to ice – you might do more harm than good by trying to chip away at the ice. Let the air and sun do their job and hopefully, the ice will melt quickly.
Assess Trees and Shrubs
Remove loose or loosely attached branches and limbs. Damage can increase susceptibility to disease and insects, so clean up ragged breaks with straight cuts back to a healthy branch. But, be careful not to over-prune.
Pick Up Sticks
Not quite as fun as the childhood game, this version of “pick up sticks” will have you picking up all those little branches and limbs strewn about the yard. Set them aside to use as kindling or firewood in the future.