News : Top 5 Tips to Clean Up Snow-Damaged Landscaping and Prepare for Summer

May 27, 2015

Originally published in Portsmouth Herald, Foster's, and Seacoast Online.

By Kristyn Lak Miller

This was a rough winter for many around the Seacoast, including area trees and shrubs.

“As a result of the winter we just had, with such heavy snow loads, we’re seeing an enormous amount of tree and shrub damage,” said Ben Woods, Project Manager for Site Structures Landscape, Inc., an eco-friendly, community-minded landscape resource based in Eliot, Maine. “And this type of damage requires unique actions.”

Woods shares Site Structures’ Top 5 Tips for landscaping clean-up after a very snowy winter:

1. PRUNE RIGHT: Prune broken tree branches back to a healthy bud or where one branch attaches to another;

2. PRUNE CLEAN: When pruning, make each cut a clean cut—when you do, the branch will heal faster and is less susceptible to insects or diseases;

3. PRUNE AGGRESSIVELY, WHEN APPROPRIATE: When plants like spirea or inkberry holly sustain heavy damage, they need to be pruned far back (they will flush back out as they grow);

4. PRUNE NOW: The sooner you prune winter-damaged branches the better—exceptions include plants about to flower or plants that are currently flowering, like forsythia or lilacs (in the case of flowering plants, wait for the blooms to finish and then prune); and

5. REMEMBER THE MULCH: Apply a light coating of new mulch to your landscaping—not only does it smell wonderful, but it has many benefits, like helping with weed suppression and moisture retention.

Read the full story in Portsmouth Herald, Foster's, and Seacoast Online.