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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:37 pm 
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How do you do it?
We've had 1 cm of wet snow and even the thickest culms met the ground. All the branches are trimmed at around 2m but they are still heavy enough to fall down as soon as they see snow. Heck, they do that before the snow even starts :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:52 pm 
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I say don't try to fight it. I built a support for my one grove that's next to the driveway, and if the snow is heavy enough you may get broken culms -- they break where they are touching the support. Supporting them up high is the only good solution, and that's not easy.

Are those photos of Brad's driveway completely blocked by iced, bent culms still on here somewhere? Probably...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:24 pm 
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I have had best results when I tied individual culms together one year so they offered support to each other, but we didn't have that much snow that year. Well we don't have it this year neither, but like I said, lousy 1 centimeter of wet snow was enough for them to become bent to the ground. It's also almost impossible to shake off that sticky half-melted snow.

Support doesn't work. If it is supportive enough, culms can break, like you said, if not, everything breaks and you just end up with even messier mess.

I will do just as you said. Last two years I just wait for the snow to stop falling and I shake as much snow off. That way I can walk into the garden and usually wind helps getting the remaining snow off the leaves. That job can be harder than root pruning though.

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