Heirloom Expert: Removing Ice from Trees

Should you remove ice and snow form bushes, shrubs, and trees, or should you leave it be.

| Winter 2014-15

  • shrub covered in snow
    Don't worry about shaking snow and ice off shrubs or small trees; nature should take its course.
    Photo by Fotolia/yzabenko

  • shrub covered in snow

I live in an area which gets lots of snow. Should I be removing it off the trees and shrubs?—Art in Minnesota

The short answer is no. You’ll probably do more damage to the plant than the ice and snow.

On rare occasions I’ve been known to shake off a few branches on leggy evergreen shrubs like rhododendrons, but only as a last resort.

Usually nature will take its course, trees and shrubs are pretty resilient and will be OK even when covered with a thick layer of ice and snow.





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