Snow drift question....

Robert Jensen robertscroft at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 27 21:51:38 EST 2001


Claude,
Listen to the old timer, he is right.    A hedge will behave in a similar 
way to an orange plastic snow fence.



>From: Claude  Genest <genest at together.net>
>Reply-To: "permaculture" <permaculture at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
>To: "permaculture" <permaculture at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
>Subject: Snow drift question....
>Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 18:29:59 -0500
>
>Hi All,
>
>I'm wanting to put in a fedge on my lakefront property principally to act 
>as
>a wind/snowbreak and to help with erosion.
>
>However, because the town road runs right alongside the lakefront, they
>technically "own" it and I need their permission.
>
>An old timer whose opinion I respect tells me that a "snowfence"  causes
>snowdrifting on its leeward side which in this case will be the road.
>
>  Therefore he says, I will actually make matters worse, at least from the
>p.o.v. of plowing the snow off the road. Far better he says to keep it open
>and let the wind blow the snow off the road
>
>Any comments/ideas on how I can more effectively design my plantings? any
>info. that would convince the old-timer ?
>
>One clue: The old-timer tells me that the drifting he has witnessed was 
>over
>a three-foot high orange plastic snow fence which I'm thinking behaves 
>quite
>differently than a (mature) planted fedge (?)
>
>Thanks in advance for your input.
>
>Claude in Vermont
>
>
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