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PAGE 7 www.tricountynews.mn Snow storm damage to your trees and shrubs By Beth Berlin, angles, broad crowns, dead lateral branch will take over as the UofMExtension branches, decayed wood, and lead trunk. After the top portion Last week's snowstorm resulted included bark. Some of these char- of the tree is lost in a storm, their inmanyofushavingdamagedone acteristics can still be taken care main stem should be cut back to to our trees and shrubs because of with proper pruning, but others within one to two inches above a of the heavy, wet snow. In gen- needed to be addressed when the healthy lateral branch. eral as a gardener, a nice insulat- tree was young. Evergreen shrubs or small trees inglayerofsnowisgoodforwinter If you did have branches break like upright arborvitaes tend to protection, but this storm resulted off the tree, it is recommended to suffer damage from heavy snow as in many losing branches on trees assess the damage and consider well, bending stems over or even and shrubs. There may be things having the limb properly cut offto causing them to break. Again, you should do yet this winter to encourage more rapid healing of safely remove the snow with a help your trees or shrubs recover the wound. This can be dangerous broom or pole and then wrap the or prevent further damage, due to the location of the broken tree. A homeowner can wrap the Larger tree limbs accumulate off branch, so seek the assistance entire tree with burlap, not only the ice or snow and although some of a professional. Certified arbor- protecting it from snow damage, branches can withstand hundreds ists can be found in your area but also winter wind burn. They of extra pounds of weight, they are through the International Society may also wrap the arborvitae much more susceptible to break- of Arboriculture at www.isa- with rope or two-inch wide strips ing even in the slightest breeze. If arbor.com. Simply click on "Find of burlap every few feet to give safely possible, use a broom, pole, an Arborist." In general, tree prun- the stems support and keep them or other object to knock off the ing should be done inlate winter or upright. This is the same for decid- snow from the branches. Again, be early spring. This provides a nice uous multi-stemmed young trees sure to stand a safe distance away clean, fresh cut right before the or shrubs such as a clump birch. in case that branch or another one tree is about to go into the growing For more information on pro- breaks. It is best to lift or push the season and will heal over better, tecting trees and shrubs from win- branch upward instead of down With proper care, in many sit- ter damage or storm damage visit because that one last tug down uations the tree will recover, www.extension.umn.edu/garden, may be the breaking point for the Evergreen trees such as spruce and simply type "storm damage" branch, or fir can lose the top 50 percent or "protecting trees" in the search Some trees are more prone to of the tree and still have good bar. damage because of narrow branch regrowth potential. Simply put, a December 1, 2016 121 ST ANNUAL PIONEER City Stockade . ,t-i ..... "_ 6 Miles Northeast of Litchfield on Highway 24 Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $5 - 12 ~. under free Live Visit with Santa Pioneer Crafts Sleigh Rides Pioneer Trading Post Making Old Fashioned Ornaments Christmas Music Walk the New Walkwa See a winter encampment Tepee Wall Tent A Frame Continue your collection with the 5th Annual Print- "School House" - FOODS SERVED ALL DAY - can stew Homemade ice cream Fry bread & Lefse Coffee Old Fashioned Rootbeer Dress Warm I Lots of Outdoor Activities www.forestcitystockade.org Holiday Train arriving Dec. 11 The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will stop and per- form a half-hour show at Eden Valley. The train will be in Annandale before Eden Valley, for a 7:15 p:m. show in Annandale, and it will pass through Kimball some time in between Annandale and Eden Valley. In Eden Valley, the annual hol- iday gathering will be at the Event Center, at 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. They will be serving chili, chicken noodle soup, hot choc- olate, cider, and cookies. There is much more still in the plan- ning stages, but we will have kids' crafts/activities. And the talented Kingery Family Singers will be performing from 7 to 8 p.m. They will be collecting food shelf items there, as well as before the holiday train arrives. X-Stream nistries Presents: