Repair Your Yard After the Blizzard

Posted on: January 28, 2016

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We’re curious. When you were planning out your winter landscaping for this year, did your plans include dealing with the aftermath of a one-off large-scale blizzard? Four Seasons Landscaping didn’t see that coming, and we’re willing to bet you didn’t either! But before you lament the incoming workload and begin recovery, Four Seasons would like to lend a hand by way of some advice.

We might not have forecast the blizzard ourselves, but we know all there is to know about how to handle the aftermath for your landscape! Let the experts at Four Seasons walk you through the steps of getting your yard back in shape after a strong snow with our yard repair 101!

Winter Landscaping Repair: The Basics

It’s tempting to grab a shovel and just go to town, but having a procedural plan will help things along, and focus your efforts on to what’s important. begin by:

Damage Assessment and Control:

  • Remove damaged tree limbs. Damaged limbs present a threat both to your yard, and to yourself. A damaged limb is highly likely to eventually snap, falling into your yard and causing further harm. Trim (or have trimmed) all damaged limbs in your yard.
  • Clear dead or damaged plants. There’s a good chance that the snap blizzard rendered many of your plants unsalvageable. It’s a shame, but there’s really no way around it. If a plant doesn’t look capable of recovery, go ahead and remove and or replace the plant.

Clearing Snow:

Clearing excess snow from your landscape gives it the best chances of recovering quickly.

  • Use a strong snow-blower. These will be your best friend if you’re dealing with large quantities of excess snow. A good blower will save you time (and save your back!) when it comes time to clear the yard. This will help with removing excess snow from hardier plants and trees as well.
  • Brush plants gently. Use a soft bristle broom to remove packed on snow from your plants. Do be aware that if there is no bending, or hard-packed snow present on your plants, it’s best to simply leave it alone. The snow isn’t likely to harm your plant by itself, and in fact it can add insulation. Never attempt to remove formed ice from plants. It’s more likely to harm the plant than help it.

For more information on snow removal, we’ve done a full-fledged article on it in the past. Take a look!

Winter Landscaping Repair, Recovery and Renovation With Four Seasons In Maryland

Don’t let your dream garden stay under assault from the lingering effects of the blizzard! Contact Four Seasons today to learn more about what we can do to assist in your winter defenses!

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