An interesting sight to see while driving through our beautiful state of Wyoming is something called a Living Snow Fence. A snow fence, or windbreak, is a landscape structure designed to manipulate drifting snow by guiding it to accumulate in a more desired location. Therefore, minimizing snow deposits on roadways or other locations that would otherwise require the snow to be removed. A living snow fence serves the same purpose, strategically placed plantings of trees, shrubs, and even native grasses minimize the effect of blowing and drifting snow for certain locations. Snow fences, whether constructed or living, are primarily used along driveways, roadways, and railways; however, they have also been utilized on rooftops and on mountain passes to reduce avalanche hazards.
Here at TLC, we are huge advocates of properly designed snow fencing, especially living snow fences, because it makes snow shoveling that much easier!!! Typical constructed snow fences are made of wood, plastic, or metal materials which can be a real eye-sore to the surrounding landscape. Why set up an unsightly and unnatural structure when a living snow fence can bring natural beauty and value to your landscape.
Benefits of Planting a Living Snow Fence
- Low cost of installation
- Sustainable for the environment, sequesters carbon
- Provides food and cover for wildlife
- Helps reduce spring flooding
- Reduces soil erosion and removal costs
- Reduces roadway/driveway maintenance costs (less snow plowing and shoveling, salt and sand)
- Longer life span compared to a constructed snow fence
- Low maintenance once planted
- Adds value to the property
- Aesthetically pleasing over a constructed snow fence