Repairing Snow-Damaged Cedars
After a winter of heavy snowfall, cedars can be unsightly in the spring. Don’t despair, they can be repaired.
The example in the picture is in south Edmonton. The snow loaded down the branches on this shrub so much that the owners had a hard time getting in and out of their front door.
The first think I had to do with this shrub was to tie back all the wayward branches, in order to restore the true form. I accomplished this with the use of 3′ plastic zip-ties, purchases at a industrial supply store.
Once I had the tree looking more presentable, I sheared the tree using sharp, long-handled hand shears. Shearing gives a tighter, more formal look to the shrub. Avoid the use of power hedgers as they tear the foliage rather than slicing it, which results in browning-off of the cut ends. It is best to start the shape at the top of the shrub and work downward. I always make sure to trim around the eavestroughs, and provide clearance to the house and walkway, if necessary.
(c) 2014 Shane LePage, Wild Rose Garden & Tree Service Inc.