getting rid of snow and ice - Knowledgebase Question

Chippewa Falls, Wi
Question by ebrjustampit
March 11, 2010
I have perennials around my deck but always seem to get a later start because the sun doesn't shine that much on them in early spring so it takes longer for all the snow and ice to melt and this year I started saving the rain water and pouring it on that snow/ice/leaves to help it thaw faster. Is that going to harm my flowers??

Answer from NGA
March 11, 2010


I don't think the rainwater will hurt your plants. If there's still snow and ice, the ground is probably still frozen. If so, the water will not soak into the soil and cause soggy root problems but it will help thaw the snow and ice. This has been a really cold winter in lots of places so I don't think you're alone in attempting to get things to thaw out!

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