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After winter storms, check your trees for damage

Two apple trees, coated in ice following an ic...

Two apple trees, coated in ice following an ice storm, with the sun shining bright in the afternoon sky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After winter storms, inspect trees and bushes for damage. Make clean cuts where there are ragged tears and breaks to minimize fungal infection opportunity. Prop fallen trees back up, if the root system has not been damaged by snow, ice, freezing temperatures, etc. Keep the tree supported for the next year or two to ensure the root system has reestablished.

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About Theresa Knutsen

Theresa Knutsen is a horticulturist and writes the Raintree Nursery newsletter "Growing Tips." Email: theresa@raintreenursery.com.

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