snow on arborvitaes - Knowledgebase Question

ackley, Io
Question by dlkieltys21
December 13, 2009
We have about 29 arborvitaes (sp?)along our back yard, we just a major snow storm that the snow split some of the bushes in certain spots when it fell on them. We they be okay or do we need to shake the snow off every time. They were just planted this summer and we live in Iowa. They are about 4-5' tall. Than you!!!

Answer from NGA
December 13, 2009


Although snow can have an insulating effect, it can also bend the tops of arborvitaes down and can sometimes break the tops of the shrubs. Since your plants are small, I'd suggest brushing off the snow with a broom or shaking the plants to dislodge the snow. If you leave it on all winter in can cause the tops of the plants to permenantely bend over. As the shrubs grow they will be sturdier and shouldn't suffer quite so much winter damage. Best wishes with your landscape.

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