Edited by Robert Hairston
What about Water? While some areas may not get too much moisture that doesn't mean we are frost and ice free. It's a good idea to do a little bit of watering when we haven't been getting much rain or snow to help our plants but you want to be careful of when you are watering and how much. Icy patches are no one's friend and can damage the plant life underneath if it lasts for too long not to mention it's a safety hazard if it's in an area with foot traffic
Snow can be a good insulator for your plants if there is a small amount. Heavy snowfall can pose a threat to your plants, can cause lasting damage and even cause branches to break. If you do have heavy snowfall, you can remove the snow with a broom in upward motions in the direction of growth. You can also LIGHTLY shake the plant to remove some of the loose snow. If the snow has melted and refrozen as ice, do not attempt to remove it! Trying to do this can cause more damage to your plant than you would by leaving the ice where it is.
Broken Branches are something to think about and watch for at this time of year, too. Dead, damaged, or weak branches are liable to breakage and some trees, like Cottonwoods, are notorious for dropping branches. Yes even the mature and healthy ones. While it is not the best idea to trim your trees when the temperature is below freezing, it is a good time of year to trim trees when it is above freezing. However, fruit trees trees should be trimmed in February. Deadwood, crossing and problem branches should be removed now, possibly preventing any damage to you or your property and allowing for new growth next year.