In my opinion there’s nothing worse than freezing rain. For driving, walking and the garden. When trees, shrubs and other plants are covered with a thick coating of ice, the best thing to do is let them thaw naturally. You’ll do more damage than good trying to free the branches from Mother Nature’s icy grip.
The same is true for the most part with wet snow. Sometimes I’ll go out and gently shake something that I think is in jeopardy of breaking.
These are the kind of days to cuddle up with seed catalogs and let the ice melt away.