When we get heavy snow fall or ice storms an inherent problem of some plants becomes obvious--splaying. Fastigiate species and cultivars -- those with multiple main branches -- are especially prone to splaying (i.e., spreading apart). Please do not confuse fastigiate with columnar; the later being tall and slender with a single main trunk (see Fig. 100-a in my book). Fastigiate species are tall and slender too, but have multiple leaders. With the ice or snow load the leaders of these fastigiate species are pulled apart and down. Unfortunately, this splaying can permanently affect the shape of the plant as they seldom totally rebound. And, while this spreading can be dealt with when spe

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Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.