How to Best Protect Your Plants during an Ice Storm

Did you know that ice can increase the normal weight of branches by as much as 30 times?  Few things can be more damaging to your plants and trees than an ice storm.  As the thick layers of freezing rain accumulate, they can snap branches, weigh down bushes and cover your entire landscape in a sheet of ice.  To better protect your vegetation from these types of storms, it is important to know what you should and shouldn’t do when ice strikes.

Below are some tips on how to best protect your plants during ice storms:

  • Always let the ice thaw on its own. Trying to remove it while still frozen can cause more damage and breakage.
  • Adding mulch to the base of most plants will help keep their roots moist.
  • Covering plants can help protect them from the cold and elements.
  • Don’t panic! While ice storms can kill some trees, many that are damaged will survive and come back to life in the spring.
  • Choose hardy vegetation varieties when planting. They are more able to withstand the harsh Midwest winters compared to less resilient options.
  • You may want to consider hiring an experienced landscaper such as Martin John Company to help clean-up fallen debris after the storm.

Powerful ice storms are nothing new to the Lake Forest and surrounding areas.  In fact, we often seen at least one powerful storm each winter season.  When disaster strikes, trust the team at Martin John Company to ensure your landscaping is protected.  Whether you need snow removal in the winter or plant replacement in the spring, we have landscaping services to fit every unique situation.  We are proud to be the local landscaping company Lake Forest residents trust for their property needs.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you maintain a safe and healthy property all season long.


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