By Curtis Utley, CSU Extension Agent, Jefferson County
|Upright junipers. The center specimen has a co-dominant leader|
Upright or fastigate evergreens are a common and attractive feature of many home landscapes often used as screen plantings or focal points in narrow planting beds. However, In Colorado, or any community frankly that experiences heavy snow fall in the winter, these narrow specimens can be damaged, disfigured or down-right destroyed by heavy snows. Why does this occur?
|Snow-load impacted Arborvitaes|
|Strong central leader|
|Co-dominant leaders failing after heavy snow load|
So what should you do to protect your fastigate trees in the winter?
Wrap them with Ag fleece.
|Ag Fleece protects shrubs from snow-load and desiccation|
1. Wrap them with straps
|Wide strap wrapped around a Woodward juniper|
|Light cord or Christmas lights can prevent snow load breakage|
2. Wrap them with Christmas lights or light cord
3. Stake them when small and tie them loosely to the stakes