- When using salt to melt ice on walks and driveways, spread
it carefully to avoid damage to nearby shrubs. Consider
using sand or sawdust instead.
- Brush snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a storm.
Use a broom in an upward, sweeping motion. Serious damage
may be caused by heavy snow or ice accumulating on the branches.
- When pruning large limbs, always undercut first. This
means to cut from the bottom up, one-third of the way through
the limb, then finish by cutting from the top. The undercut
keeps the limb from splitting and breaking off, which could
damage the trunk and become an entryway for insects and diseases.
- For easier lawn maintenance, eliminate the hard to
mow spaces. Eliminate acute angles in beds and borders. Combine
single trees or shrubs into a large planting connected with
ground cover. Put the bird bath in a flower bed or surround
it with ground cover.
- Avoid heavy traffic on the dormant lawn. Dry grass
is easily broken and the crown of the plant may be severely
damaged or killed.
- Review your vegetable garden plans. Perhaps a smaller
garden with fewer weeds and insects will give you more produce.
- Check stored fruits and vegetables such as potatoes
and apples for bad spots which may lead to decay. Remove and
use those which show signs of spoiling. Separate others into
slotted trays or bins to increase air circulation and reduce