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Damage to Look for When the Snow Melts

Learn how to remedy these common cases of winter damage

Branches that have cracked under the weight of snow may be only one of several challenges you’ll face as winter recedes. Photo: Michelle Gervais

While many in the Mountain West are used to their gardens being buried under feet of snow throughout winter, others of us are more accustomed to a storm that drops a few inches of the powdery white stuff, which then melts away in a couple of days. The winter of 2019–2020 has been anything but typical on the front range of Colorado so far. We received a foot and a half of wet, heavy snow just before Thanksgiving that froze into a thick blanket of ice over subsequent days. Over the beginning of this year, our landscapes have become a patchwork of snow and ice fields in north-facing or shady spots and in areas of our usually dry, uncovered landscapes. As the snow continues to recede, what should you be on the lookout for in your garden?

Damage from wind and snowdrifts

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