Wind protection or «quiet comfort» in the country


My the plot, although it is located in the lane, to the right and left — at home, but due to the fact that the house was «pressed» by the previous owners to the side border, it turned out to be open to through winds.

It was nice to be there only on a hot afternoon — it was not bad so it blew …
For growing anything there, such a situation is extremely unacceptable:
  • if you rely on the garden, then the earth dries up too quickly from dry winds,
  • in the orchard, the pollination of flowering plants is low, which means that you can’t count on the harvest,
  • as for the ornamental garden, few plants like the icy winter winds that sweep away the “warm” snow and expose the icy earthen crust.

And how do you like relaxing with a cup of coffee in the yard, when everything “takes off” from the table at the first breath of the wind 🙁

Therefore, in the second year of residence, the issue of wind protection became an «edge». Gathered information, took action and is ready to share the acquired (read «tested») experience.

A lot has been written on the Internet about protective screens made of trees and shrubs. This is a great option, especially if you prefer fast growing conifers.

However, there is one, no two «buts» …
  • The plants will adapt to a new place for at least a year, and when they start growing, they may not please you with the promised speed. The problem is still in the same wind, in these conditions, even fed and unpretentious pines will give a not so “pleasant” increase. Everything will be back to normal in a couple of years, but … you will not get real protection from the wind so soon.
  • Conifers, alas, suffer from “rust”, fruit trees serve as carriers of this disease. For this reason, evergreen wind protection should be planted away from the orchard.
growth of pines of the same age: on the left — in an open area, on the right — in a place protected from the wind

Even if you plant a hedge of bushes around (which I did), it will not really protect from the wind until after five years.

Fences “work” very well as a wind screen, even if they are slightly “leaky”. For this reason, if possible, start with them.
Another question is if it is impossible to put up a fence — in rural areas it is not customary (including by law at the local level) to enclose the territory with non-blown fences above 180 cm with a «transparency» of less than 50%. You can, of course, spit on the rights of neighbors, but practice shows that this is not worth doing. It’s better to negotiate.
My old house is falling into disrepair and I decided to play it safe and start building a new one. I chose a place for it in the center of the site (both in width and length).

What it gives: the house is in the middle, a fence is placed to the right and left of it and woo-a-la, a powerful barrier to the wind is ready.

Now, in any direction of the prevailing winds, the area in front of the house is quiet and comfortable. There is more than enough space to grow everything.

On the facade, the yard is protected by a fence, from the rear it is “covered” by the house-fence line. And in this territory it is already possible plant capricious plants, early greens and vegetables to the table.

By the way, a small garden in the yard is a must. So convenient, looking out of the kitchen and not changing shoes to pick something to the table!

I immediately planned the fruit garden behind the house and did not lose. While the construction is still in progress, and the fruit trees have not grown, of course, I did not count on the harvest, but now the walls of the house are broken by gusts of strong winds and flowering trees under such protection are quite comfortable.
However, there are trees that need special conditions, while planting them in the yard is still not worth it (falling fruits are not the best decoration).
Once I came across information about peach walls. It became interesting, I studied … In general, this is the experience of the French, they once erected brick walls specifically in order to south side to grow peach trees, forming them with palmette.
The trick is that the wall heats up during the day, and at night it gives off heat to the tree, which is favorable for fruit ripening. Plus, during the flowering period, the same wall serves as protection from the wind.
It is unlikely that anyone will decide to build such a monumental brick structure, but you can put up a wall of one or two spans of a concrete (or wooden) fence almost anywhere in the garden. On the reverse side, it is reasonable to place a gazebo and break a shady flower garden.
But the garden is planted in that part of the site that is well lit and located on a hill (an important condition for obtaining an early harvest).
The garden at the end of the site, one way or another, will eventually be protected by a grown garden and a hedge (fence).
The garden in the yard will immediately be in comfortable conditions, but over time it will require design in the form of high beds or beautiful paths.

Non-standard version of wind protection — hold on the territory geoplastics. The method is applicable only to large spaces and where there is no possibility to build a fence.
It was invented not so long ago, but it works flawlessly.
The author is Holster, known to all admirers of organic farming. The idea is simple: shafts more than a meter high are poured from the earth. Such a “fence” will also take at least a meter at the base, therefore it is irrational in small areas.
It is clear that in order to build a mountain, you need to take land somewhere. According to Holster, they take it right there from the site: they dig a ditch in the place of the future rampart, solid organic debris (old and emergency trees) is dumped into it, covered with excavated soil from above.
I did use this idea, but I did everything in my own way (however, as always 🙂

The fact is that I categorically do not want to put up a fence, because the site is small, and the view behind it is quite attractive.

Immediately around the perimeter I planted a hedge of juniper (lower tier) and lilac. You can dig up a lot of seedlings from a neglected bush, and when it grows, there will be protection in the summer from the wind and prying eyes.

But this was clearly not enough, because in this part I planned an ornamental garden, and young plants are so afraid of cold winds …
Therefore, I decided to “kill” two birds with one stone: dig a pond, and use the earth to create decorative and quite functional ramparts. Once everything will grow, the soil will tighten ground coversand it’s already nice to sit by the pond …

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