Winter Care of Plants
November 17th, 2021
Reducing Snow Load on Branches
- Evergreens may need to be lightly shaken to remove snow loads from branches during snowstorms. Snow can weigh the branches down which will change the shape of the tree and can break branches. A great way to do this is with a household broom. Using the end with the bristles, gently tap the underside of each branch to shake the snow off.
- Evergreens that are sensitive to our climate may need to be sprayed to protect them from our winter sun and wind. Some of these evergreens are: Boxwood, Arborvitae, Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Holly, Euonymus, Balsam Fir and Yews.
- Deciduous trees may need snow shaken off them especially when it snows, and leaves are still on the tree. This is more common in the fall and early spring. Again, the best way to do this is with a household broom.
- Winter watering is extremely important and should take place approximately every two weeks or when there are spells of dry, warm weather. Remember the plants are dormant so we are applying just enough water to keep the hair roots healthy. A good rule of thumb for winter tree watering in Colorado is 10 gallons of water for each inch of the tree’s diameter. Water only when the temperature is above 40 degrees and there is no snow on the ground.