Several people wanted to know more about how snow fence works. Snow fence can be any kind of fencing, shrub, hedge, barrier, etc that creates a windbreak. In areas where a lot of corn is grown, you may even see 4-5 rows of corn left standing 50-100 away from the road, it can make a very effective snow fence. The fence doesn't need to be solid or super strong, it just has to get in the way of the wind so that it drops its load of snow before it gets to the road. Or, in this case, my driveway. I am trying to prevent a repeat of this:
The willows that I planted this Spring are supposed to be another windbreak and they too will be - eventually. Meanwhile, I opted to try this route again:
The mesh fence has enough wind resistance that the wind should hit this fence and lose its momentum. If it works the way it should, the wind will hit the fence, lose all its power and drop its load of snow on the far side of the fence, a long way away from my driveway.
The key to snow fence is in making sure it is put up the right distance away from the road it is supposed to protect. It has to be at least 50-100 feet away from the road because the snow will drop mostly on the opposite side of the fence. If you put the fence too close to the road, you'll make your problems ten times worse.
The problems that I have had with snow fence in the past have been two-fold. First, the cheap plastic stuff rips to shreds in the relentless wind I get. Second, The snow drifts up so deep that it buries the fence completely, rendering it useless.
It's probably a mark of desperation that I decided to put the damn stuff up anyway. I just can't stand the idea of this again:
Just digging out these pictures makes me think I need to move to somewhere where people don't know about snow fence.