Is Your Yard Ready For Snow?!
Along the Front Range, winter is on our doorstep with snow forecast for Monday into Tuesday. But there’s still a nice weekend ahead to enjoy being outside while catching up on a few remaining landscape chores.
Snow on top of leaves is a mess
In bed areas, you’ll also be ahead of the game by raking most of the leaves out. Work especially at cleaning out ground cover.
When it snows this time of year
If you see snow accumulating and you can reach branches on smaller trees, use a broom handle to gently shake limbs so snow falls off. Start on the lowest branches. Otherwise, snow falling from higher onto lower branches just adds to their snow load that leads to breakage.
Don’t forget evergreens. Even though they stand tall winter after winter, in very heavy snows, their branches can also break. Keep an eye on them during heavy snows and shake their branches as well.
Prune to prevent more storm damage and decay
Also be aware of “hangers” – limbs that may be damaged but are still “hanging by a thread.” They could fall at any time to damage property or injure people. Look up and play it safe.
What not to prune
Remember the sprinkler system