Creating A Sheltered For An Exposed Garden.
Often you will find the perfect site for a garden only to find that its a bit to exposed with regards to wind.
The Solution is to reduce the wind speed by planting a barrier to filter the wind and slow it down.
Points to remember when creating a barrier to reduce the wind speed in your garden are as follows.
If you create a Solid barrier such as a Solid fence will have the effect of increasing the wind Speed by a factor of 10 on the other side of the fence and its the same for a solid hedge so its better to create a screen using plants and trees that has the effect of filtering the wind to slow it down.
To start with you need to plant the structure of the shelter using plants such as Alnus glutinosa and betula which are useful because they branch when you down to the base of the plant.
Once the structural plants are established you can then plant further plants at the base to create a greater wind filtering effect.These plants used for the under planting can be plants such as acuba, Skimmia and camellia
As a general rule one metre of height in the shelter will produce 10 metres of cover on the sheltered side in the garden area.