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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on February 08, 2013, 12:36 AM

Title: Northeastern trouble
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on February 08, 2013, 12:36 AM
Hey guys,

I have a blizzard warning from the northeastern coming Friday and leaving Saturday. What kind of preparations should I do for my trees outside. This storm is suppose to bring 12-16 inches of snow, winds will be up to 60 mph. I'm not sure whether I should bring them inside because they will experience a huge temperature change. The pots are wrapped in blankets now. Any recommendations?

Title: Re: Northeastern trouble
Post by: John Kirby on February 08, 2013, 05:42 AM
Hey Nick,
Just hunkerdown. The nice thing is that there will be lots of wet snow, a geeat insulator! Just make sure that the trees can't get blown off a table or something likethat. If you are really worried, move in to an unheared garage or place onground. We are battened downas well  looking at18-24 inches in CT! Enjoy abdkeep warm, this storm will push the thoughts of repotting away for a while!
Title: Re: Northeastern trouble
Post by: Jay on February 08, 2013, 06:43 AM
Nick, make sure the trees can't be damaged by high winds.. The wind it self and flying branches from other,full size, trees. The cold and the snow are fine. Enjoy the weather and stay safe.

Bringing the trees into a warm area isn't what you want.
Title: Re: Northeastern trouble
Post by: Don Blackmond on February 08, 2013, 06:58 AM
John is correct.  Put your trees in a garage or outbuilding, unheated, if you are worried.  Otherwise, let them get buried in the snow.  Snow is a great insulator.  Just be careful you don't place them where snow falls unnaturally, like at the edge of a roof eve where extra snow slides off and piles since it will compact and crush them down.  Otherwise, its all good.
Title: Re: Northeastern trouble
Post by: rockm on February 08, 2013, 11:31 AM
Don's advice is good. I had similar experience with such snowfall during "snowpocalypse" here in D.C. two years ago. We had a total of 4 1/2 feet of snowfall in only a few days. Most of my trees were already on the ground for winter storage, but I had afew that I pulled off the benches ahead of the storms and put on the ground in the backyard.. I made sure to place them away  from the house/deck/roof. Sliding snow is a big danger.

Also make sure you place your trees away from areas where you will be shoveling snow--especially the landing zone for snow you're shoveling out. Throwing 400 lbs of snow on top of a buried tree will grind it into kindling...

Also, if you put your trees on the ground, punch a tall kind of marker (stake, pole, whatever works) next to it. Once the snow piles up over it, you will quickly lose the ability to locate it exactly.

Once covered, resist the urge to UNcover buried trees. They will probably be fine (if they're aren't big voids under branches, which can be a problem with conifers and densly ramified deciduous trees. Trying to uncover them in all that snow can lead to dramatic damage.

Good luck....