photo: thegardenerseden

photo: thegardenerseden

photo: living colour gardens

photo: living colour gardens

WEATHER DAMAGE IN THE GARDEN

Strong wind, ice or hail can wreak havoc in a garden leaving behind broken tree limbs and torn foliage. If you have large trees near a house that have been storm damaged, consider calling an arborist. Storm damaged trees in close proximity to a home pose significant risks. Having an arborist assess the integrity of a tree can be a well spent precautionary measure. For smaller woody plant material, the best thing to do after a storm is to remove the damage and be patient. Let the plant recover before taking any drastic measures. This is especially true for spring frost damage.  Don't start pruning until new growth appears.  

(Before I began my garden design practice I studied at the New York Botanical Gardens.)  In terms of pruning, I was always taught to be patient with pruning and shaping plant material.  Study the situation.  This will help you determine where to make the cut.