Bush Tents

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

Mid-Cambridge bush tentsWhen I lived in New Hampshire one of my favorite things about winter - and trust me there's not that much I like about winter - were what I call "bush tents" - the structures people build to protect their bushes and shrubs from snow.

 

In the city you don't really see many bush tents.  So I was delighted to come across these in Cambridge recently. They're the first I'd seen in years I think.

 

Spotting this set reminded me of how fond I'd been of these simple structures. In NH people get quite creative with them - you see them in all sorts of styles. My favorite were some that were shingled and painted to match the house.  I guess I'll have to take my camera for a drive some winter day.

 

Feel free to add any photos of your favorite "bush tents" if you've got them - I'd love to see them!!

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Jean Kelly
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Hi Liz:

Here in Florida we simply put out sheets for an evening or two each winter.. No bush tents here, but I like the ingenuity of New Englanders.

On hard freeze nights, we simply turn on the sprinklers and let the ice insulate.

Dec 28, 2009 01:29 PM #1
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Hannah Williams
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Liz..I have never seen them in Philly..see you learn something everyday..Thanks for the info

HELPFULHANNAH

Dec 28, 2009 02:01 PM #2
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jean ~ Oh if sheets would do the trick!! Sweet! And that's such an interesting technique to shroud them in ice.

Hi Hannah ~ It must be a Northern thing - I really don't remember them from the Massachusetts 'burbs either but in NH they're quite common.

Liz

Dec 28, 2009 02:04 PM #3
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Liz - can't say I have seen these. But of course I remember bushes wrapped in burlap. So glad that is a non-issue here. :)

Jeff

Dec 28, 2009 04:47 PM #4
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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That is pretty creative, Liz.  It looks like they are squashing the plants, but obviously not.  Thanks for showing us.  It's something I have never seen.

Dec 28, 2009 07:50 PM #5
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Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Dedham, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

Liz-We are in the deep freeze! Have a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Dec 28, 2009 09:16 PM #6
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Liz, it is common here to use burlap and stakes, so the tree is surrounded by the burlap (but not to tight) to protect it from the cold, from the snow, from the effects of a snowplow if they are close to the road, or.. the dreaded.... DEER....

I like the ones in the photo, they are simple, effective and look better than some nasty burlap and big old stakes! I have never seen fancy ones, I would love to see ones made to look like a house.

Dec 28, 2009 10:29 PM #7
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jeff ~ You made the right move!  One of my least favorite sights is the rhododendron leaves all curled in on themselves - that's when you know it's cold.

Hi Jane ~ We've never done it but they've always intrigued me.  You don't see many in Massachusetts so I had almost forgotten about them.

Hi Joe ~ No kidding, huh?  I've been meaning to put the soft caulking around all my windows but have misplaced the box - going to bundle up and check the car.  And I bought a big roll of insulation to stuff up the damper-less chimneys.  Those 33 degree days in the forecast are looking mighty appealing - even with a *little* white stuff mixed in.  Have a happy new year!

Hi Andrea ~ I never noticed the burlap ones but the "tents" or lean-tos stuck out to me.  I'm definitely going to have to go on a NH bush tent quest.

I would be so happy to see deer that they would be welcome to eat anything they found. I guess if they were more common I would be less enthusiastic.

Liz

Dec 29, 2009 03:01 AM #8
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John Cannata
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hmm... these are unique tents. I've seen people cover their shrubs and plants with plastic bags, never with wooden tents. What ever does the trick.

Dec 29, 2009 04:42 AM #9
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

My husband's grandmother used to put stakes in the ground around the bushes and then drape old towels and sheets over the stakes. I thought it was the funniest thing the first time I saw it.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 29, 2009 01:19 PM #10
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi John ~ Do you get snow where you are? And forgive me if that's a stupid question! Or is to protect against frost?

Hi Jim ~ I love the old ways! I just heard of something that was new to me. My coworker's landlord puts bags (plastic) of leaves around the foundation of the house every winter for insulation. I thought that was a neat idea though wondered what a home inspector would think.

Liz

Dec 29, 2009 02:15 PM #11
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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Wow!  I just learned something new!  I had never seen or heard of bush tents.  It's amazing what I learn on AR.

Jan 08, 2010 11:34 PM #12
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