When ice comes, look away

Jan 18, 2021


Heavy ice and snow storms can quickly damage trees and shrubs. However, an over-zealous homeowner can do more damage by trying to free a branch bowed over by ice or snow. When the ice and snow come, the best advice is to do nothing.
 
Generally, a healthy plant has enough resilience to literally bounce back from the weighty stress of ice or snow. Branches that are most likely damaged are those already weak or overgrown and in dire need of pruning.
 
Knocking away ice or snow with a broom, shovel, or stock can easily tear into bark or cause the already brittle and over-weighted branch to break. A few degrees Fahrenheit and a bit of sun usually works wonders in just a few hours.
 
There is something you can do before the storm and that is prune away weak, overgrown, or dead branches, especially those hanging over sidewalks and driveways. This is solid landscape advice.
 
If you need supplies to work or getting your landscape in order, come by your local Co-op. We have a great selection of hand pruners, bow saws, loping shears, pruning paint, pole pruners, safety glasses, and similar supplies. Prune back now to avoid damage from ice and snow storms.
 
 

Read More News

Nov 20, 2023
As Thanksgiving approaches, it may be time to elevate your cooking game and add a twist to your traditional turkey preparation. Smoking a turkey imparts a rich, flavorful taste that will have your guests coming back for seconds and thirds.
 
Nov 13, 2023
During the winter, it is more likely for farm dogs to sneak their way into our homes at night. After all, who can resist a pitiful pair of puppy dog eyes? If they are lucky, you will let them inside just after the sun sets, presenting them a golden opportunity for sniffing, scrounging, and begging under the kitchen table during your family’s dinnertime.
 
Nov 06, 2023
Many regions of the state recently experienced the first cold front of the season. One of the essential tasks often overlooked during this time is winterizing your vehicle. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for the cold, icy roads can prevent breakdowns and accidents, keeping you and your family safe throughout the season.