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Removing Snow From Trees and Junipers

By Mary Small, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Urban Integrated Pest Management

The best way to remove heavy snow from trees and juniper bushes is usually to let the snow or ice melt from the plant. If, however, you're concerned about branch breakage, newly fallen snow may be gently swept from drooping boughs. Use gentle upward strokes with a soft broom to loosen the snow. Never try to shake ice off any tree or shrub, as you'll probably break more branches than you save.

Photograph courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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