Basically, some sources will tell you to knock the snow off with a broom to prevent more damage. Others will say NOT to do that because you risk causing more damage.
The truth is: once the snow is over, the damage is done. You can’t undo it, but you can indeed make it worse of you aren’t careful. Usually – except in cases where big branches are actually broken – the damage is not nearly as bad as it looks. If you can just be patient and wait until the snow or ice melts naturally, you are likely to be AMAZED at how well the branches eventually recover their positions. After that, you will also be amazed at how I can restore the tree with a few expertly administered pruning cuts.
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