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February 13, 2013

Tim's Tips: Protect trees and shrubs during storm cleanup

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The aftermath of the snowstorm also means that you may have to widen the driveway or the walkways. This is also a potential way to damage shrubs. Shoveling that snow back can mean that it lands on shrubs adjacent to the driveway or walkway. Again, a bit of prevention can save you tons of extra expenses come the spring.

Luckily, the snow we got was not the heavy snow that other parts of the state received. Still, you may have some broken limbs on trees in your yard due to the blizzard’s high winds. It is important that any damage be taken care of as soon as possible. If the damaged branch is left on the tree, or if the torn-off branch has left a jagged edge exposed, any water that gets into the area can cause further damage. I know it can be a major problem to get to these trees if they are away from the house, but it is better to treat them now rather than wait until the spring.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.Harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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