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Old 04-26-2007, 09:01 PM
 
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Many of the snow fences in WY were put in with assistance from the local RCD (Resource Conservation District). You can contact them and get technical assistance and possibly even financial assistance from your local USDA NRCS office. That is the US Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. They are a great resource for this project! Good luck
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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Default Living Snow Fences

We are in a very similar situation around the corner from you off of Lorraine Road and Furrow on 36 acres. We have been utilizing temporary snow fences, but last winter was the last time our HOA will allow us to use them. Have you built your living snow fence this year? Did you do it yourself or did you use a landscaper?

We found with our temporary snow fences, angling them from south to west and set back from area trying to shelter by at least 20 feet worked best. The snow storms with the greatest amount of wind and driest snow (dry snow seems to build larger snow banks for us) in this area blow directly from the north. In our situation there are many factors affecting the deposit of the snow, ie: large open meadow to the north sloping upwards to the front of the house, an island in the middle of the drive elevated 3 feet in areas, scrub oak and trees on both sides of the meadow creating a wind tunnel funneling snow towards our home, etc.

Any thoughts and findings would be very appreciated on this subject.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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We are in a very similar situation around the corner from you off of Lorraine Road and Furrow on 36 acres. We have been utilizing temporary snow fences, but last winter was the last time our HOA will allow us to use them. Have you built your living snow fence this year? Did you do it yourself or did you use a landscaper?

We found with our temporary snow fences, angling them from south to west and set back from area trying to shelter by at least 20 feet worked best. The snow storms with the greatest amount of wind and driest snow (dry snow seems to build larger snow banks for us) in this area blow directly from the north. In our situation there are many factors affecting the deposit of the snow, ie: large open meadow to the north sloping upwards to the front of the house, an island in the middle of the drive elevated 3 feet in areas, scrub oak and trees on both sides of the meadow creating a wind tunnel funneling snow towards our home, etc.

Any thoughts and findings would be very appreciated on this subject.
My plan is to erect an ugly plastic snow fence for this upcoming season to verify the correct position. Once I have verified the position, I plan to plant a living snow fence with shrubs four to six feet high. I would imagine the snow fence will be pretty much be placed from east to west as the prevailing winds during most snow events come from the north. In addition, the models I have seen on snow fence websites, generally show the snow fence offset from the protected area by about 25 times the height of the fence. So, a four foot high snow fence should be erected 100 feet north of my protected area (driveway).

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