Did you know most plant materials receive their damage in the Winter. Snow, Ice and Animal damage is the leading cause of all plant damage. The second most caused damage is Deicing materials. To avoid Winter damage wrap the plant material in Burlap or install deer fencing around the plant materials to keep the animals from chewing on the stems. Heavy snow cover and no food source cause animals to eat on the stems of the plant material causing damage. When Deicing use plant and walkway friendly salt materials and use less salt material near plant materials and do not use a spreader, install the salt by hand or in a cup. Salt spreaders tend to spread wider than the walkways.