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Caring for Damaged Trees After Storm



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With the worst of the spring storm behind us, we’re all anxious to pick up the pieces and move on; but with debris everywhere you look, it can be tempting to start cleaning up too soon.

Most every day, we pass by our trees and hardly pay them any attention; but when they’re threatened the way ours have been during the course of this storm, it’s hard to imagine losing them.

“We actually haven’t had much of an ice storm, at least not of this caliber for a long, long time and really not an ice storm of any size,” says Laura Kalfs of Cliff Avenue Greenhouse.

Though some trees are a total loss, there are some that we would do almost anything to save.

“People typically think it’s a good idea to shake some of that ice and snow loose or they’ll think that taking a hose out there and spraying off the trees or using hot water buckets or something just to get some of that ice off is a good idea,” says Kalfs.

But that is certainly not the case.

“First of all, you’re putting yourself in danger because you never know when any of those branches are going to crack and break. Secondly, it’s just not good for the trees,” says Kalfs.

Some may have even considered applying salt to their trees, thinking that would help melt the ice just as it would on sidewalks and roadways.

“Salt is going to dry out the tree. Those buds are already stressed and they’re trying to hold in moisture and protect themselves as much as they can. You add salt water onto the tree, and now you’re drying out those buds farther and possibly damaging the tree as well,” says Kalfs.

That’s something that makes the recovery process a little more difficult on all of us who desperately want to save our trees.

“It’s just best. As hard as it is, to kind of sit back and wait for things to play out over the next couple of days,” says Kalfs.

In doing that, it will keep both us *and our trees* safe as we get through this together.

Trees that have been scarred likely need more attention in the coming months and even years. Experts say it’s important to wait until officials can determine the extent of the damage, to avoid causing any further damage to your trees.
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