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Repairing Damaged Arborvitae

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Repairing Damaged Arborvitae

It’s hard to believe that just 8 days ago we had over a foot of snow on the ground and we saw many plants damaged from heavy snow. The photo of arborvitae last week showed how these evergreens are very susceptible to snow buildup. In the case of arborvitae, however, they are supple and will bend quite a bit but still we had a few plants that had some snapped branches. Even with gentle snow removal and quick thawing, though, many plants failed to straighten up so we had to give them some gently help. In the photo you can see the work in progress. About a foot of growth was removed to lighten the load and then the shoots were tied together to make them upright. In this case, after the shoots were tied together, the plants were upright and columnar so tying to a stake was not necessary. If there still was a lean, or if other plants were being supported, a stake in the center or on a side might have been needed. The cord looping around the branches is black so it is well concealed inside. It will remain through spring and into summer and will then be removed. By then the plants will have grown and be able to support themselves.

Now is the time to be starting tomato transplants indoors for May planting outdoors. They take about 6-8 weeks to get to a good size for planting outdoors. Here is our new Visual Guide on “Starting Plants from Seed Indoors”. It will give you all the details you need to produce strong, healthy transplants of your favorite varieties. Be sure and hold off planting your tomato plants outdoors until mid-late May when the soil is warm and cold weather is past. Beginning vegetable gardeners should find our Visual Guide on ”Top 10 Vegetables for St. Louis” helpful and both beginning and experienced gardeners will find the information and planting tables in our Kemper Factsheet “Growing Vegetables at Home” a handy reference.

Happy Gardening!

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