How to Protect Shrubs From Heavy Snow

Extend the life and general appearance of your shrubs over the winter time with this simple tip.

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Question: Should I remove the snow from drooping evergreen branches?

Answer: You can gently brush snow off branches after each snowfall, just avoid shaking snow off the branches. This can do more damage than the wet, heavy snow. Leave the snow in place if it’s frozen to the branches.

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