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March 12, 2011 â€” It has been a season of serious winter damage through much of the nation. Mike McGrath discusses what to do for beat up plants and snapped off trees. Plus your fabulous phone calls!
I HAD a great backyard up until the last two winters. Now my remaining five pines have had their tops snapped off and all but two of our 22 cedars have been â€˜toppedâ€™ or fallen over. Are the pines now doomed? I have hand winched some of the cedars back to vertical, with root mounds hopefully intact. And I’m climbing what’s left of the damaged pines & cedars to smooth cut the broken tops, which seems to be the only reasonable thing to do. I really like the greenness and fragrances of both trees, but I’m losing the battle. Any suggestions? Get the answer Â»