Bryant RedHawk wrote:As you noted in your post, snow melts from the ground surface up so Instead of making a swale to hold water, you want to make domed mounds where you want the water to soak into the soil. (It is the exact opposite of building in ground swales)
Mike Haasl wrote:Another idea to throw in the mix would be to set up snow fences (natural or man-made) to cause deliberate drifts. Then as the higher piles of snow melt (from the bottom) they'd infiltrate more water at those spots.
There's probably also ways to cause the wind to scour snow away from a spot so you don't have to shovel it. Not sure what that method would be though...
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:Thanks for the responses.
Has anyone had big frost heaves happen on their land, or deliberately caused one? If so, what caused it?
I'm not concerned about harming the tree roots in the orchard, the trees are still very small. Also, the orchard is not plow-able, they just let it melt.
I went out today and everything had melted. I saw no evidence of land heaving. The soil is very wet, at least the top of the soil is holding onto a lot of moisture. The steeper parts of the grass are brown, the flatter are greenish.
So, anyone have frost heave observations or experiences to tell?
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