Conifers and winter wind burn
We have recently moved to a 5 acre lot that used to be farm land. The wind out of the west is incredible, here. I have never lived in the country before, but I have never seen such wind in my life.
I would like to establish a wind break on the west side of the house. Last year, I planted four Norway Spruce, two of which the deer ate down to 2' stumps. As I drive around and look at what others have planted, I see the White pine suffers from wind burn and the west side of them is brown until April.
The Black pine does not brown, but it's open form isn't really suitable for a wind screen!
I wonder if anyone here could offer any advice?
The site specifically is full sun, Zone 5, Illinois prairie soil, and WINDY!
Thanks for any help!