Handling Winter Damage
Dealing with lots of ice and snow is normal for winters here in our area. Ice can be pretty cruel and devastating to your plants, shrubs and trees. It may be very tempting to go out and break the ice from the branches, but resist doing this as it will more than likely create more damage to the plant or tree. Letting the ice melt is the best option for the health of the plant. Once the ice has melted from perennials and shrubs, you can remove any rotten foliage and broken stems. Wait until spring to cut or tidy the plant up any further. You may be anxious to trim it up now to make it look nice, but doing so will encourage new growth too early which can be damaged by adverse weather still to come. This can result in few or no buds or new growth in the spring.
With normal winters here being cold, wet and icy it is important then to choose plants that suit the environment and the area in which they are being planted. If a plant is susceptible to wind damage, then do not plant it in an area where the wind is strong or forms a wind tunnel. Also, if a plant prefers dry soil, do not plant it in an area that is constantly wet, such as low lying lawns or ditches, etc. Choose your plants to suit the environment they are expected to flourish in.
If you have plants close to the road and you notice dried salt from ploughs, etc. on them, wait for warmer temperatures and gently hose of the excess salt on the leaves and stems.
Taking these precautions now will help your plants thrive, grow and bloom.