With all the snow we received this past weekend (28” in Malvern, 22” at the airport) most homeowners are concerned about the snow harming their plants. Snow by itself does not hurt plants; it actually provides a lot of insulation to the plants root system. Snow acts similar to mulch in the springtime, a blanket to cover the roots. The wet, heavy snow and ice is the culprit of broken and cracked branches. Today I want to talk about 3 tips to keep your plant material safe this winter.
Tip #1. Do not pile snow on top of plants. If you are shoveling or snowplowing, be careful of the direction the snow is going. If at all possible, shovel snow onto a patio or open hard surface. Snow can build up on the inside of the plants branching structure, causing cracked and broken branches.
Tip #2. Put markers out for the location of your plant material – this will help when the snow is covering the material. The marking of plant material will also help drastically when someone is snow plowing your driveway. If you have a planting bed at the end of the driveway, it may be difficult to tell where the driveway ends. The snow-plowing contractor may drive right into it (if they aren’t familiar with your property or if you don’t have it marked).
Tip #3. Use the right de-icing material that is “safe” for your plant material, such as Calcium chloride (when necessary). Having slushing snow built up around a plants base may cause de-icing material to leach into soil, which harms the root system.
If you would like more information on keep your plants safe this winter, give us a call. Stay safe and warm out there! Think Spring!