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John Fulton
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Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Repairing Storm Damaged Trees

Posted by John Fulton -

With two rounds of ice down, and another on the way, many trees and shrubs are taking a beating. There are some rules of thumb to deal with ice, and the first one is to get the ice off if it is safe to do so. Especially evergreens are susceptible to breakage from the extra weight the ice carries with it, but others such as oak trees that have retained leaves are also at risk.

Many times you don't know there is a problem until you have breakage occur. We have a fact sheet at help you assess and deal with the damage. The major point to consider for ornamentals is "does the tree or shrub still have ornamental value to me?"

While it isn't perfect, if you want me to take a look at your tree for recommendations, the best method for now is to send digital pictures to me at and we'll see what we can figure out.

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