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How to protect trees and hedging in ice and snow

Early March can often bring icy and snowy conditions. Harsh weather is particularly damaging to tender new growth and blossom, and with that in mind, here are some tips to help your trees and hedging withstand this harsher winter.

  • A thick layer of straw or mulch acts as a natural insulator, protecting your tree roots from freezing conditions.

  • A light dusting of snow is not likely to harm your trees, but heavier snowfall can cause damage to branches; an excellent way to keep on top of this is by using a watering can or low-pressure hose to remove it.

  • If your tree has had too much ice and snow on it for too long, consider pruning off any damaged limbs to protect its overall health.

  • The winter sun combined with icy conditions can cause cracking on the trunks of young trees; we recommend using tree guards to protect trees and hedging during these conditions.

Top 10 trees that can withstand harsh winters including ice and snow

Conifers, pines, spruces, firs, and yews can tolerate heavy snow and ice damage. However, native trees are also highly tolerant of our ever-changing seasons. Here are our top 10 choices.

1. Cedar

2. Juniper

3. Willow

4. Holly

5. Eucalyptus

6. Birch

7. Oak

8. Pine

9. Spruce

10. Rowan


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