Last winter, wet, heavy snow fell on my arbor vitaes (of various heights
and shapes. The snow's weight fanned out the tops, which lead to damaged
crotches. This year, I want to wrap something around the tops to hold
them together. I was thinking of using a band (maybe 12 inches wide) of
burlap or landscapers fabric. I'm not sure how to hold the ends
together. Clothespins? Safety pins?
Thanks for you suggestions and comments?
I saw a house in town last week with small wooden structures around all the
shrubs in the yard. The structures looked like rectangles that were hinged
together on the top and there were legs. They looked almost like easels
standing over the top of each shrub. Obviously, the snow wouldn't end up on
top of each shrub this way. Made sense to me.
My concern would be that they are rather thin. So if I place them too
low, then the branches above them might still fan out. If I place them
just below the top, winds might loosen some of the branches. Some of the
shrubs are conical, so this wouldn't help them.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I've never tied shrubs in winter, but old pantyhose are great for tying
plants to stakes. Cut off the pants part of course :o) They dry
quickly, so won't harbor fungus. Soft, strong, cheap. Get out there
and brush off the shrubs if you get a ton of snow.
Same thing my girlfriend suggested. They would certainly work for the
smaller shrubs. Two of the 7' shrubs are about eight feet around at the
top. So I'd have to link more than one pair together to wrap around.
If your girlfriend is tall, it's a bit less work :o) Tie two or three
together - I forgot that I used them to tie back shrubs when our condo
was painted, to keep them out of the fresh paint. You still should
clear the snow if it piles up and is heavy. No snow here, but it's darn
cold. Have to wear sweats :o)
Burlap would work fine.
I have a 4 tall (~12 ft) arborvitaes flanking my front door.
What I've done is wound a strong string around the tree, top to bottom, holding
it together, and I just leave it in there all year round. I work it in to the
major trunks, so it's not that visible.
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