Snow damage on bush fruits, ideas to protect?
We receive a lot of snow over winter, there is often 3' deep snow on the ground.
When weather warms, that 3' compacts and rips off any lower branches on young fruit trees so I always clip them off before snow flies.
My issue is blueberries, gooseberries, currents etc etc etc. First winter they were fine being so small. This year I tried to pull snow away from their bases. Over 100 plants so huge job. The snow has just melted back quite a bit and there is still tons of damage. Both broken tips, and big branches from the base.
Any other ideas? This alone will take away probably 20% of the harvest, so, I need to work something out!