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Don’t Plant Plants Where You Plant Snow

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File Photo (credit:  Phran Novelli)

File Photo (credit: Phran Novelli)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Why don’t you quit planting stuff there? In those places where you have piles of snow right now, you may find dead grass and shrubs later. It’s not only the pushing from plows or the weight of the snow, but also salt and other de-icers that can kill your plants. Alongside a large parking lot last summer, I saw several dead shrubs and a big bald patch in an otherwise green lawn – telltale signs of plow piles from last winter.

So, instead of replanting every year, why not designate a convenient spot or two along your driveway and sidewalks to just leave all that snow? This spring, cover those designated snow spots with pavers or gravel. Then for the summer, put large planters of flowers, a pretty bench, or a picnic table there – things you can remove before next winter, when you’ll need that space for salty piles of snow.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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