How To Help Your Trees & Shrubs Recover From Heavy Snow & Ice

How To Help Your Trees & Shrubs Recover From Heavy Snow & Ice

If you live in Northern Colorado, you likely have come to terms with the fact that it snows over a foot two to three times a year. That said, when you think about these large storms, the first thing that you usually think of is how hard it will be to dig out your car and commute to work. Seldom do you think about how the snow and ice are affecting your trees and shrubs back at your house.

When people think about trees and shrubs, they often think that there is no need to take care of them during the winter. After all, plants are from nature so they should be able to handle the cards that they are dealt, right? While yes, most trees and shrubs will be fine during the winter, modern landscaping has become rather selective as to what trees and shrubs are planted in any given yard. Because of this, it is not uncommon for Northern Colorado yards to have non-native trees and shrubs that are not as resistant to heavy snowfall and cold temperatures as native plants might be.

At Schra Tree Care, your local Loveland tree care provider, we know that it can be a little odd to think about helping your trees and shrubs recover from snow and ice. That said, doing so can extend the life of a plant and enhance its ability to grow properly in the springtime when the snow and ice melts.

Below, we have listed a few of the ways that you can help your trees and shrubs recover after the next heavy snowfall or ice storm.


When a large volume of snowfalls over a short period of time, you might notice that your shrubs and hedges begin to take a different shape. Because the branches are smaller and the vascular structure of the tree is more flexible, it is not uncommon for shrubs and hedges to become weighed down by heavy ice and snow. If this happens, consider shaking the shrub or hedge to remove the snow. Doing so will allow the shrubs and hedges to retake their shape and recover before they become weighed down to the point that they become permanently damaged.


During heavy storms, plenty of snow and ice will accumulate on your trees. Luckily, most trees should be able to withstand the weight of the snow. That said, smaller tree species or younger trees can become damaged by heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures.

Because of this, it is important to cover any exposed roots to protect the smaller, younger trees from becoming damaged from exposure and clear off the branches often. Any time the tree begins to droop or sag, use a broom to knock the snow off.

For Winter Tree Services, Contact Us At Schra Tree Care

If you suspect that your trees and shrubs are being damaged by heavy snow and ice, we urge you to contact your local arborist, here at Shra Tree Care. While most of our tree care services are performed during warmer weather, we would be happy to provide you with any and all advice that we can.

If you suspect that your trees and shrubs have been damaged during the winter, we urge you to contact us today and schedule a tree pruning service. We look forward to hearing from you.