winter with no snow cover
I am in NW IL and last winter was my first failure with WS. It was because we had no snow cover and patches of very warm days scattered throughout the season. Many of my jugs sprouted too early and froze. Normally, we have huge snow falls and the jugs are covered with snow most of the winter.
I have a feeling we are about to experience a re-run of last winter's weather and wonder what I can do to prevent another failure. Any ideas?