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Don’t Plant Plants Where You Plant Snow

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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  • Brad

    That happened to me last winter with those two storms in February. I piled all the snow from my front sidewalk on to my front yard. I have two small bushes planted in each of the two sides right by the front sidewalk. When spring came I noticed that two of them on one side were half dead. I moved the bark mulch and seen that some of the roots were exposed. The dirt must have washed away back when the snow melted. I cut off most of the dead growth and then I added more top soil to cover the roots and gave them water and some miracle grow for shrubs two or three times a week. It took all summer but they started to recover and shoot up new growth. I was more careful this winter and put the snow further away from them. I will find out this spring if the new growth is still there from last summer.

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