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March 12, 2011 — 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 ‘topped’ 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 »