Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Living Snow Fence

Along one concession of Grey Rd. 7, a living snow fence of Spruce trees was planted about 20 years ago.  Now it's grown and doing a good job of reducing drifting on a notoriously wintry stretch of this road.

 The Spruce trees extend about a mile north from Grey Rd. 40, on the west side of Grey Rd. 7.  It seems to be an area where the roadside snowbanks get bigger than anywhere else in my experience.  It was grey and frosty when I stopped for these pictures.

Just south of this point is the worst stretch of the road, with these permanent signs that can be turned on when conditions are just too dangerous.  The snowbank is only 2 or 3 feet higher than the car this year.  Did you know that if you drive on a road that is officially closed, your car insurance probably won't apply?


Here's a longer view of the living snow fence a little further north, placed well back on the west side of the road, trapping snow in drifts on the leeward (east) side before the blowing snow reaches the road.  In comparison to the stretches with huge snowbanks, the trees are working really well!

The deciduous trees along the side of the road were rather attractive with a covering of frost on this day too.

Just as a bonus, a couple of fences on another day that was much brighter and sunnier!

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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots!

    My grandparents had a farm up in the Hanover area- there were thick lines of evergreens like that surrounding the house. My dad suggested the first fall they were up there to cut them down, but my grandfather said there had to be a good reason for them.

    The first winter those lines of evergreens kept back snowdrifts and provided the house with a layer of insulation.

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  2. Nature, when planted wisely, is so good, lovely views, and the height of those banks , the plough has been put to a lot of use lately.

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  3. Mother Nature's snow fence! Nice frosty photos.

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  4. oohhhh as soon as I saw those yummy fences, I hoped you were linking in!! Gorgeous winter views, I have a similar shrub line in my back yard, but on a much smaller scale. The shrubs were about six feet tall when we planted them and they are over twenty feet tall now.....and super healthy!!

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  5. Those trees make a nice fence. : )

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  6. I love a good windbreak. That one is beautiful, as is that fence! What a winter this has been!

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  7. I love a good windbreak. That one is beautiful, as is that fence! What a winter this has been!

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  8. Mother Nature working against itself.

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  9. Winter looks it's in the rural areas. In the urban areas once the road salt is down that beauty disappears.

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  10. Such a great line of trees. The same has been done in plantings along the 401 in the London area ... "death alley". I'm not sure it helps so much there since the highway and the shoulders are so wide, the windbreak is too far away. You have some great shots. Love that blue winter sky and bright white snow ... nothing better ;) And is that an old-fashioned cow gate along the fence?
    Wendy

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  11. You've sure got a lot of snow! We are in a snow deficit, with the Mt. Baker area around 30% of normal. It all went elsewhere, like to your place. :-)

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  12. Gorgeous winter scenes! I love the living fence line, a beautiful line of trees.. Lovely photos, enjoy your day!

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  13. Wow, great goodness winter has arrived! Enjoy your wealth of winter, spring is ready to hit town soon!

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful shots...and love that vivid blue sky in the last shot.

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  15. Oh my those two last fences and snow. Perfect and lovely.

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  16. love the heavy tree line! reminds me of wisconsin. :) love those last two shots, though. gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

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  17. Wonderful photos ! It looks like that here with all the snow lol ! Yes we have had many times where the roads were closed up that way when we were visiting friends ! Extreme cold warning again here today but the sun is shining .Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  18. Super shots of the fencing especially the last two shots. Wow, you got a lot of snow in your area.

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  19. Well I certainly wouldn't risk driving on a road that says it's closed.
    I like the "natural" fence of the trees, especially photo #4. I also liked Photo #6 today, very pretty.

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  20. Looks cold and lonely and tons of snow.

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  21. love all your fences Stu. I never knew that about insurance not covering on a "closed road".

    we have a few roads around here where the drifts get higher than the snowbanks.

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  22. Lovely shots! We have only a little snow but the cold is almost unbearable.

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  23. Love the blue barn... We have a partial sound break of trees between us and the road. Now I just need more for a windbreak along the driveway.

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