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Hedge for wind control?

Posted by plot_thickens 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 14, 10 at 9:49

Howdy! Just moved to the Hayward Hills of the Bay Area. We're about 400 feet up. The wind whips and moans around our house all afternoon because there's a perfect narrow wind tunnel from the Golden Gate directly to our bedroom's corner. It's exacerbated by the neighbor's yard being 4 feet lower than us, creating a suction-vortex that increases air speed.

We need a hedge.

The breeze is lovely when it's hot, so we don't want a solid-growing hedge like English Laurel (and that's way too much pruning). Would Silverberry (for the Nitrogen) fronted by a pretty Rose of Sharon work, do you think?

If you have a better idea, please do suggest! Thanks muchly.

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RE: Hedge for wind control?

You have requirements tough to meet. Dense enough for wind control and open enough to allow the breeze through it. For wind control you can't beat English Laurel but it does require regular pruning, and it is effective year around. Sorry for having no miracles at the moment. Al

RE: Hedge for wind control?

You are on the right track with the ideas that (1) you want a hedge that is somewhat permeable to allow the break to baffle the wind and (2) you want two rows in the planting to better direct the wind up and WAY over.

I suggest the windward, lower row could be:

Cistus x skanbergii HYBRID ROCK ROSE
Leptospermum scoparium NEW ZEALAND TEA TREE
Westringia fruticosa COAST ROSEMARY

And the leeward, taller row could be:

Cupressus arizonica ARIZONA CYPRESS
Lavatera assurgentiflora TREE MALLOW
Leptospermum laevigatum AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE
Melaleuca nesophila WESTERN TEA MYRTLE
Melaleuca styphelioides BLACK TEA TREE
Pittosporum crassifolium KARO


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