Jan 10, 2020 10:41 PM

Ice is a threat to trees and shrubs

Posted Jan 10, 2020 10:41 PM

The ice received in the Geary County area Friday can be a problem for trees and shrubs. Chuck Otte, Extension Agent, said there will be some tree limbs that break. "

Otte said the biggest concern is people even while freezing rain is occurring trying to clean up underneath trees and shake ice off of trees. "People just need to leave well enough alone. You don't have any idea when a branch or a tree might fail and if you're underneath it, it could cause injury or death. So just stay away until things have melted off."

Otte noted that evergreen shrubs ten to get laid off with ice like this and people will use brooms to try and knock off the ice. "They usually wind up doing more damage than what the ice will do. Just let nature take its course. It will melt off in a few days and most of those trees and shrubs are going to recover just fine.