Save The Climate With Gardening!

Download the FREE gardening4climate guide and start making a difference

    Powered By ConvertKit

    Stop Breaking Your Back Gardening!

    Get these easy to implement gardening hacks and create a productive but easy to manage vegetable garden!

      We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at any time.

      Powered By ConvertKit

      Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Gardening - FREE Download!

        Using Hedge Shrubs And Trees To Create A Shelterbelt In A Windy Garden

        Shelterbelts For Windswept Coastal Gardens

        Hedge Shrubs and shelter trees can be used effectively to create protection for a windswept coastal garden.

        Rows of trees and coastal hedging plants will make wind deflecting shelter belt that provides protection for more delicate garden plants.
        A shelter belt usually consists of a row of evergreen and/or deciduous shelter trees on the windward side and one or more rows of evergreen hedge shrubs on the lee side that are suitable for seaside areas.

        If you own a windswept garden you know how important adequate shelter is for growing a nice and colorful garden. Particularly in coastal areas, the wind can have a very damaging effect on garden plants. The wind carries salt and sometimes sand that is being picked up from beaches. This sand will literally sandblast the soft plant tissues and leaves behind damaged foliage. The salt spray will scorch and burn the leaves. A lot of plants are not able to withstand this and will either die or look very sad!

        Image by N Chadwick

        Windbreaks Provide Shelter For Coastal Gardens

        Image by N Chadwick

        A well-designed shelterbelt can provide a windswept garden with the necessary shelter from the damaging wind. If you have enough space this is a worthwhile investment for a seaside garden. It is one of the first things to be planted if you own a windy garden.
        Shelterbelts reduce wind speeds and deflect the wind. Particularly for a larger garden, they are very beneficial because they are much higher than a regular hedge. The height of a shelter belt defines the area that it will protect from the wind.

        Shelterbelts and hedges are still permeable for the wind which causes less turbulence than having a solid barrier like a wall. This reduces wind speeds dramatically. At a distance of 5 times the height of the shelterbelt, the wind will be reduced to 35%. You will have a 75% reduction at about 10 times the height of the shelterbelt.

        shelterbelt for garden

        Using Hedge Shrubs As Small Evergreen Trees

        Evergreen hedging plants like Olearias, Escallonias, Eleagnus or Griselinia can be used as small trees. These hedge plants can grow up to 8 m high if not pruned and are great at providing evergreen shelter. They are also inexpensive plants.

        Suitable Trees And Shrubs For Shelter Belts

        The ideal tree for a shelter belt is of course evergreen because they provide protection all year round. Deciduous trees can also be used or mixed in.

        Suitable deciduous trees:

        Alnus glutinosa - Alder
        Alnus incana - Alder
        Fraxinus excelsior - Ash
        Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore

        Suitable evergreen trees:

        Pinus contorta - Scots Pine
        Pinus radiata - Monterey Pine
        Quercus ilex - Evergreen Oak
        Laurus nobilis - Bay Tree

        Suitable Hedge Plants:

        Olearia traversii
        Olearia macrodonta
        Olearia paniculata
        Olearia x virgata
        Escallonia macrantha
        Elaeagnus x ebbingei
        Griselinia littoralis

        Example of a shelter belt with shrubs:

        shelter belt with hedge shrubs

        What would you like to see next?

        Want to learn how to grow your own food from seed?

        Grab the cheat sheet and learn how to avoid the 7 most common seed starting mistakes!

          We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.

          Powered By ConvertKit

          Back to top

          Recent Articles

          1. Tips For Growing Thyme Herb In Containers And In the Ground

            Growing Thyme is a must if you like Italian cooking! Learn how to grow thyme indoors and outside. There are loads of culinary uses for thyme in the kitchen.
          2. Growing Chervil Is Easy! - How To Grow This Underused Culinary Herb!

            Growing Chervil is so easy! Learn how to grow chervil and benefit from this delicate looking culinary herb even in the winter!
          3. Growing Lemon Balm As A Refreshing Culinary Herb

            Growing Lemon Balm in containers or the ground is easy if you choose the right place for it. Learn how to grow Lemon Balm with these easy tips.

          New! Comments

          Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.