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Re: help needed!

Everything here is very thickly coated with ice.  And just like you, with
these cold temps it's not going away.  In the past, ice storms would hit and
then the sun would come and temps would go up and all would melt away in the
next day or so.  Not this time.  You can't break the ice off as that breaks
the stems too. A giant hairdryer would be nice.

I have a clump birch that I'd guess is 40 ft tall.  One trunk is bento in a
u shape, almost touching the ground.  Amazing how flexible these plants can
be!  My Jossee Lilac got flattened bya falling redbud limb.  I pulled it off
and found that Jossee wasn't broken; I hope she'll eventually return to an
upright position.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 8:22 PM
Subject: [CHAT] help needed!

I live in a snow belt.  I know how to deal with snow.  Last night we got a
wicked ice storm.

Normally, we only get some ice, so the next daylight, it melts off my
plants... well it ain't go no where this time.  Way too much ice and it is
dragging down my tree branches etc.... My yews are touching the ground! (they were 7-8 ft tall windbreak) If it was snow, I would know what to do... but
this ice can't be shaken off etc...

I have icicles hanging off my climbing roses.... every tree branch is covered in ice... even every strand of ornamental grass (well I am not worried about
that, but it is interesting to see)

So what do I do??  I am thinking some of you live in ice belts and have to
deal with this on a regular basis. My entire driveway is going to have to be
chiseled to get it off... (I was hoping it would have slushed today and I
could have shoveled it...sigh.)

I need to do something, cause Sunday the snow is coming!


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