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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.


Fact Sheet prepared for New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

Sources and Additional Resources:

Gullickson, D., Josiah, S.J., Flynn, P., 1999. Catching snow with living snow fences. University of Minnesota.

Pacific Northwest Extension, 2005. Trees against the wind. Pacific Northwest Extension, PNW005.

Tabler, R.D. 2003. Controlling blowing and drifting snow with snow fences and road design. Tabler and Associates. Niwot, CO.