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Old 01-26-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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This was a heavy wet snow. So here's a tip: if you see branches that are heavily weighed down or bent over, do yourself a favor and go shake the snow off now while it's still above freezing. Later tonight it will free and cold break branches. A quick shake to your azaleas and hollies will save them from a lot of damage. You don't have to shake off all the snow, but every bit helps.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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Great advice...thanks for the reminder!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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This was a heavy wet snow. So here's a tip: if you see branches that are heavily weighed down or bent over, do yourself a favor and go shake the snow off now while it's still above freezing. Later tonight it will free and cold break branches. A quick shake to your azaleas and hollies will save them from a lot of damage. You don't have to shake off all the snow, but every bit helps.
You beat me to this! I was thinking of posting the same thing. I just got inside from shaking off some of my bushes that were bent completely over to the ground. While I was out there, off the back patio, I heard a crack and a good size branch came falling out of a tree not too far in front of me. So, be careful out there.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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This was a heavy wet snow. So here's a tip: if you see branches that are heavily weighed down or bent over, do yourself a favor and go shake the snow off now while it's still above freezing. Later tonight it will free and cold break branches. A quick shake to your azaleas and hollies will save them from a lot of damage. You don't have to shake off all the snow, but every bit helps.

Thanks the reminder...its very deceiving out there given that the storm was so short lived...it dumped a whole lot of snow on those shrubs and trees! I shook the snow off earlier this evening. Discovered that one of our trees had lost a large branch and may need to be chopped down (not even a Bradford Pear, lol). This storm is something else...my trees and bushes were far more loaded down than when we got the two Nor'Easters last year. To think this storm was with us for just a few hours!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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Thanks! I'm pretty sure that by using my broom to shake-shake I just saved the bushes. We just planted them in September!

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Old 01-27-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I have a crepe myrtle that was so bent over the top branches almost touched the ground. I'm going to shake it again today just as soon as the temps hit 40.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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Thanks, I went out late last night after reading this good advice. Like everyone else I was surprised at how weighted down everything was -- only 5 inches where I am but it was wet and heavy -- so this really helped.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Here's some music to shake-shake-shake your bushes to


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PacS4frjd88
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