Depending on which Chicago winter Mother Nature presents us with - 100” season like 2010 or hardly a dusting like 2011 - your shrubs could potentially be damaged by heavy snowfall, and the tossing of the snow by shoveling, snow blowers, and plowing. The weight of heavy snow alone can be enough to damage shrubs. Compounding that weight by clearing snow from your walkways, driveways, decks, and patios onto your shrubs can cause serious harm. If possible, try to limit the amount of snow weight on your shrubs, especially the younger, less established ones.
Stay tuned as tomorrow I'l discuss how salt can damage your plants and shrubs.