SNOW DAMAGE


Now that the snow has gone I made a tour arround the garden and I saw that the snow has done quite a bit of damage to some shrubs ,cos it was wet snow it was heavy. Here are some pictures.

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THIS IS THE STEM OF MY BUTTERFLY BUSH( buddleia), IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE STRAIGHT UP, IT HAS BEND SO MUCH FORWARD THAT I’LL HAVE TO USE A THICK POLE TO BIND IT WITH SO I CAN GET IT STRAIGHT UP AGAIN

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THIS IS TAXUS BACCATA, IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN UPWARD COLUMN, THE BRANCHES ALL  OVER THE PLACE AND ONE HAS BROKEN OFF

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THIS IS ANOTHER UPWARD SMALL COLUMN CONIFER, IT HAS ALSO BEND FORWARD AND THE BRANCHES CAME FORWARD TOO

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AT THE BACK YOU SEE A JUNIPERUS SKY ROCKET, IT IS A VERY SMALL COLUMN, I COULD CRY WHEN I SEE THIS

I am going to try and repair this damage , don’t know how yet but I’ll keep you posted !

Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by !

 

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14 thoughts on “SNOW DAMAGE

  1. Bummer about the garden damage. Wet snow has been a rare occurrence here. I have had and seen vertical, columnar junipers damaged as yours is shown. Perhaps they are different plants, but judicious pruning has helped the plant survive and look good. Yes, it does take a few years for the plant to look as good as it did before, but with stronger stems (after pruning) it will be able to survive another wet snow assault better. Good luck. ps the tie the plant with velcro sounds easy and promising, too.

  2. Oh, damage to our pet plants is always so sad. It can happen in any season, but snow and ice can be even worse than the summer wind. One trick you might try, since it is still only January, is a winter “coat” of burlap. Wind the fabric around your plant from top to bottom, and secure it with string, safety pins, or even butterfly clips form your desk. You can take it off once the weather settles in spring. The fabric will pull the branches back into place while protecting form further snow damage and the cold drying winds. That butterfly bush will get coppiced in spring, anyway. you can re adjust the roots when you cut it back. The new branches should grow just fine 😉 When does spring come for you in Belgium? We have a long ways to go yet…. Best (warm) wishes, WG

  3. Trees I’ve known here in Vancouver usually bend in the snow like the conifer and sky rocket you photographed. I put them back in place with garden velcro strips that are wrapped around the trunk and branch to pull the bent branch(s) back into place. I can pretty much repair the damage without having to worry about the strips cutting into the tree. You can leave them there, too.

    You might try a variation on this idea with your other plants by wrapping the velcro around the bent parts and a pole stuck in the ground. Then removing the pole at a later date if it appears the plants will stand tall on their own.

    Hope that helps!

  4. Wishing you great success in rebuilding your garden…as a Californian it is nearly impossible for me to comprehend all the negatives of snow fall…to me it is still a childlike fantasy of snowballls and snowflakes. You have shown me here it is not all that in reality. Wishing you all the best!

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