Avoiding Snow Damage to Plants

Having your landscape destroyed by snow plows and salt damage every year is a pain, but it almost seems inevitable! Here are a few things to think about that can help give you some peace of mind in your landscape during one of he most difficult seasons!

Plant salt-tolerant plants!

One of the biggest problems for our landscapes during the winter is salt damage. Even the hardiest plants can succumb to direct salt applications from trucks and salt-spreaders. This is why it's important to invest in some salt-resistant plants along your driveway and sidewalk sides of the landscape.

Some of the best salt-tolerant plants to have in a landscape are daylilies, catmint, and sedum. They're hardy perennials that can be cut back to the ground every year, and are great for pollinators! They'll grow pretty much anywhere, and they provide lasting interest throughout the year.

Avoid piling up snow on plants

There's not much you can do about snow plows coming down your street and pushing huge piles of snow on top of your plants, but it's best not to do it yourself. Unnecessary snow piles on plants can cause serious damage, especially to plants that don't get pruned back to the ground every year

Brush off excessively large snow accumulations

Large snow accumulations, especially on evergreens such as arborvitae can add a lot of unnecessary weight to branches, and excess weight can lead to breakages. Simply brushing off the snow, especially if it warms up afterward, with a household broom is an easy way to remove a huge burden from the plant.

We hope that these tips will help you to have a happier and healthier landscape! Your plants would surely appreciate it! If you have any questions about winter-damaged plants, or would like to have us take care of your snow removal, please give us a call at (937) 537-7625

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