On January 26, 2011 Northern Virginia was hit by a big snowstorm. Many had power out and many, many trees fell under the weight of the snow. One of our neighbor's Leyland Cypress's knocked down two sections of his fence and it all fell onto the barley patch. The fencing and bush covered about 20 percent of the plot. I am assuming this will not result in much damage if it is all removed when the snow melts. The neighbor is a great guy, so I am not worried.