Snow-laden plants need TLC PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROBIN CAUDELL, Staff Writer   
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — Giving trees, shrubs and flowers a little tender-loving care will lessen the long-term damage of this April storm.
"The biggest concern is the bent branches where they get flexed down at such a sharp angle," said Amy Ivy, horticulturist and executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Plattsburgh.
"Most plants will spring back up, but you don't know. What people can do in the short term is gently get the heavy snow off the branches. Get the weight off."
If heavy snowfall has caused breakage, spring is a good time to prune jagged branches.
"Wait until snow melts and make a clean cut," Ivy said.
Bushy shrubs like lilacs should rebound without much intervention.
"If they lose a couple of branches, they will grow more branches," Ivy said. "The ones that have one main stem or a couple of main branches, if they break, you wouldn't have as many replacement branches coming. We have to wait and see the extent of the damage."
Daffodils, tulips and crocuses can take the cold but not heavy snow. When plowing your driveway, don't dump it over your flower bed. Shovel snow away from the garden.
"If you have a lot of snow, you may want to shovel off some of the extra snow," Ivy said.
Gardeners shouldn't panic too much, but they should be wary of excess water.
"Plants sitting in standing cold water, it can kill of their roots, and that's a concern," Ivy said. "Anything you can do to drain standing water away is good."



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