To remove snow from shrubs, use a broom or your hands to gently sweep the branches using an upward motion. This loosens the snow and allows it to fall off the brittle branches. A downward sweep of pulling on the branches may cause more damage to shrubs already stressed by the ice and weight of the snow. If you can avoid heavy accumulation of snow on your conifers and other shrubs, the removal process will be easier.
Dense piles of snow caused by snowplows or snow blowers can cause more damage than natural accumulation of snow. Man made snow piles are heavier and they take longer to melt. If ice has formed on trees and shrubs; I recommend you try not to remove but let Nature takes it’s course and melt it.
Who said April is the cruelest month?