Hardly a winter goes by without some damage to shrubbery. They may have lost too much moisture due to winter winds, or were buried in a snow pile, so there’s distressing burnt foliage; or branches that had been weighted down with too much snow and snapped or were bent out of shape.
Often, bent branches will re-establish themselves within the natural shape of the shrub. If not, they could be tied, or may need to be cut off.
Trees, also, get damaged by winter storms. Sometimes it’s just a branch that breaks off but doesn’t impact the tree’s shape. Or, it could be more serious; the loss of a branch, or branches, that destroys the appearance of the tree. This is why professional care is important to detect weaknesses in the tree’s branching, which can then be modified to prevent future serious damage.
If a pruning error is made by unprofessionals, the error may be overcome by new growth. But, one error that can’t be corrected is pruning the central “leader.” If it is, the plant’s shape is permanently ruined. Two leaders will grow in its place, forming a “V” crotch which is structurally weak; and as the tree grows larger, it can split in half.
Prolong The Season
There are several plants that will continue to look good even through several frosts. In fact, Toadflax will survive down to the mid 20’s.
The bonus is that they contribute to the garden all season, although Toadflax may need to be re-sown for fall flowers if the summer is very hot. Moonlight has an illuminating effect on Dusty Miller leaves for an additional bonus.
These are just two of many not commonly used plants to prolong the season.