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Snow

Trees in Snow

Some large trees in snowy weather.

How do you deal with snow on the allotment? Snow is normally in winter, so your winter plants like onions and garlic should survive, especially if you carefully clear the snow off the with a trowel. If you have other plants like fruit trees which have snow weighing down the branches, wipe it off (wear gloves).


If there is ice, do not worry about your allotment as it will probably survive. Remember to stay safe.

If a small, low branch is broken, cut it off taking care not to harm yourself or others, and checking there are no birds nests there or animals living on it.
For larger, higher and more dangerous branches, keep away from the area and hire a tree surgeon.

To help to stop this happening again, make sure trees have one cane or stick tied to the central stem. This will help to support them.

If you have herbs or other similar plants that are covered in snow, wipe it off and check for damage. Cut damaged stems off, but make sure that you leave enough foliage so that the plant stays alive.

If you want to protect smaller plants in winter, cover them with a cloche or tunnel. These are extremely useful as they protect from frost and snow, as well as keep the plant warmer. Clear cloches are best as they do not block light.
For best results, peg or tie them down to stop them from falling or blowing away. You should also clear snow gently off them to prevent breakages or light blocking issues.

Whatever you do when it snows, make sure you wrap up warm and wear gloves.