How to safely remove snow from tree limbs
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Snow cover trees can turn any neighborhood into a winter wonderland. However, too much snow and ice can significantly damage trees and shrubs, even cause limbs to break.
According to the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, healthy, well-managed trees are pretty resilient. But there are a few things homeowners can do to minimize the potential for damage.
- Use a long-handled broom or gardening tool to- gently- brush snow off of branches. Make sure to brush in upward strokes, and only do branches that are within your reach (no need for ladders).
- Use the handle of your broom or gardening tool to gently lift up each branch to dislodge any snow from underneath. Again only focus on branches within your reach.
- If branches are broken or badly damaged, only prune those that are immediate safety hazards. Wait to do further pruning until late winter, just before growing season.
- Contact an arborist or tree service to prune limbs that are out of your reach.
To avoid causing further damage, do not:
- Shake branches, they are brittle in the winter and can easily break or split.
- Attempt to remove ice, leave that to melt off naturally.
- Use a ladder.