Hi all, I would like some advice on the winter care of newly planted arborvitae's and live in Michigan. So far it's been wet but I'm sure soon we are going to pay for this mild weather we've been having. I planted 5 arborvitae in a row approx 4 feet apart and are approx 3 feet high. They need to be protected from a heavy snow fall and would like to know what I have done so far is sufficient.
I was talked into buying burlap bags and cutting and shaping them rap round the plant. Being they have a flimsy top I used a 4 foot stake and pounding it into the ground at an angle so the top is just over the top of the arborvitae that will support the burlap. I wrapped the plant and tied it around with twine. I built up the base with 3" of wet leaves to hold in the moisture in and project from some freezing temps. My only concern is the plant being shut off from any light, will this do any harm?
My other alternative was to buy a product from Home Depot that is a green chicken wire made from a vinyl that is reasonable flexible, would this be a better solution?
Many thanks for any suggestions,