JM snow protection
I am new to the forum and was wondering if anyone had any advice on snow protection of JMs. Dec 2006 we received 44" of snow and the weight ripped some large branches (not off entirely, so we used flat rubber and hose clamps to re-attach the branches, which has worked in the past). However, we are concerned as the trees get larger that we could suffer complete breaks.
Does anyone protect their JMs against the weight of snow? We just haven't come up with a good plan yet (short of shoveling them out, however the snow came very quickly this Dec) and I was hoping someone already had a tried-and-true method. The maples in question are a viridis about 5'h X 6-7'w, a waterfall about 3'h X 5'w, a crimson queen about 3'h X 5'w, and a smaller garnet.