Protect trees from heavy snow

All trees can be damaged by heavy, wet snow when still in full leaf. Trees that grow quickly, such as poplars, elms and willows, with deep v-shaped crotches also tend to be more brittle and prone to breakage.

Evergreens are especially susceptible since they never lose their full foliage. Protection of these types of trees starts with good tree selection and proper pruning.

Conical formed trees such as conifers withstand heavier snow loads, as well as deciduous with less branch area.

Always check your trees during snowstorms ­‑ a few gentle shakes to remove snow can go a long way to preserve drooping branches.