Proper Tree Care During Heavy Spring Snows

Spring snows surely have the potential to wreak havoc on our trees and bushes. The heavy, wet snow, being much more likely to stick to branches than the dry fluffy snows of winter, piles up creating an extremely heavy load for the tree and all its tender spring growth to bear.

It is not uncommon to see trees with limbs completely snapped off under the weight of the snow. This is devastating to see. Trees and bushes that have taken much time and energy to cultivate and grow into thriving plants, pummeled year after year by the unrelenting, and untimely bombardment.

Though it is a difficult event to dodge, there are some things that can be done to help your trees fare a little better when the snow hits.

Remove Snow From Branches

As the snow starts to pile up, do your trees a favor and help lighten the load. Depending on how quickly the snow is coming down, a couple of trips outside to shake the snow off as many of the branches as you can reach will help your tree keep its branches upright.

Be Gentle

Though shaking off branches is helpful, it must be done carefully, or it could cause more damage to the tree! If branches are already under significant stress, hitting the branches or shaking them vigorously only causes extra strain, which can cause branches to break when they otherwise might not have. Rather than hitting or shaking branches from above, gently push up on the branches from below to loosen as much snow as possible.