Two general categories of plant materials, rooted and unrooted, can be used for living snow fences. The planting techniques used with rooted plant materials are different from the techniques used with unrooted plant materials. Types of rooted planting stock include balled & burlapped (B&B), potted, bareroot, and seedlings. Types of unrooted planting stock include species that can be planted as single stem cuttings without pre-formed roots such as shrub-willows. Step by step planting techniques for both rooted and unrooted stock are provided in this fact sheet in the general order they should be performed.
Heavey, Justin P. and Volk, Timothy A., The Research Foundation for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, "Planting Living Snow Fences" (2013). Living Snow Fence Fact Sheets. Paper 6.