Proper Canadian Winter

My thermometer recorded -19 Celsius the other night. We get temps like this now and then but I think it’s been a few years since it has been this cold.

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Here are a few of my more ‘valuable’ trees in their winter protection. Korean Hornbeam, Ginkgo, and Japanese Yew. The only special treatment they get is that I shovel snow on them whenever it is available.

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5 Responses

  1. I’m liking the name of this post Aaron! Hahaha. I can’t even imagine what -19C feels like. In Nagoya the low temps float about -1C to 1C. I have it too easy here. 😉

    Take care man!

    January 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    • You guys have it good except for the lack of central heating! I still have nightmares about that 🙂

      January 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

  2. Chris

    Being in Quebec city, I know exactly what you mean! ^^ I recorded -28°C!
    I posted a picture of it here:
    http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?9982-Spring-is-coming/page3

    January 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

  3. crust

    Ho-hum, only -19 C, it was -35 C here. Only a large larch and a couple large pines are outside though, the rest are snuggled in my unheated cold storage which hovered at about -8 C during this cold snap. In response to the current unreliability of snow cover I have begun to insulate around my few outside trees and I have found it works well. I take a large heavy duty leaf bag and fill it with dried leaves (usually mowed up stuff). I fill it dense enough to be heavy yet loose enough to be somewhat mold-able. I also throw in a handful of mothballs. Then when I nestle in my large boxed trees outside I tightly place a bag against each side. When we get snow I throw that on top. This captures a lot of ground heat confirmed by lifting them in the winter. I have used bagged fiberglass insulation to, which is easier and lighter. It slows them from thawing too soon in the spring too. Ahh, to live in the tropics of Toronto, now that would be a joy.

    January 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

    • I knew my -19c was going to be countered by some absolutely insane temperatures. Wow!

      Interesting to hear how you are adapting to the unreliable snow cover, Crust.

      January 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

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