The weekend snowstorm coated tree and shrub branches with ice before upwards of 10 inches of heavy, wet snow fell weighing them down even more. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension Educator for Douglas and Sarpy Counties John Fech says if you are tempted to go outside and brush the snow off, don’t.
Fech says because those branches are ice covered they are fragile. He says branches can easily snap if too much force is used to clear them. That can cause more damage to the tree or shrub than just leaving it alone.
Those that just can’t resist removing the snow Fech recommends using a soft brush similar to the ones used to clear snow from cars. He says this has to be done with a very light hand to prevent breakage.
The good news is Fech says most trees and shrubs will recover on their one come spring with very little damage.