Strong winds can easily damage your garden and also make your outdoors quite uncomfortable. To get more comfort and protect your crops and outdoor fixtures from damage, you should invest in an appropriate windbreak. Below are tips and guidelines that can help you choose the right windbreak for your outdoors.
Using a Windbreak Mesh
A windbreak mesh is a good option for blocking out strong winds in your outdoors, especially if your backyard is not spacious. The mesh occupies minimal space and also does not block the view. Therefore, you can erect separate segments of the mesh for optimal wind control without blocking out the view in some parts of your outdoors.
When installing your windbreak mesh, you should fasten it to posts for support. You can use wooden posts, but make sure the wooden posts are treated so as to resist rot and termite attack. Also, if you have a chain link fence in your backyard, you can fasten the windbreak mesh on the fence, advises Boddingtons. Also, in case of any installation difficulties, it's advisable to hire a professional fence contractor.
Planting Evergreen Trees
Evergreen trees are effective in blocking out strong winds and act as great windbreaks. However, an evergreen tree's windbreak is more appropriate for spacious outdoors because trees occupy a large space, especially when compared to some types of windbreaks. Also, if you experience strong winds, trees that have a 60 percent foliage density are ideal as they block out heavy winds effectively.
Planting two or three rows of evergreen trees will create an effective windbreak for your outdoors. It's also advisable that you buy evergreen trees that thrive in your area because they are likely to grow fast and provide the windbreak in the shortest time possible. Visit your landscape supplies provider who may advise you on the best species of evergreen trees you should buy.
Planting Shrub Windbreaks
Shrubs planted together to form a hedge provide a great windbreak for the outdoors. To create a good windbreak from the shrubs, make sure that the shrub hedge is sized to fit well in the space provided. The growth pattern of the shrub you choose is a key factor that will determine the space the shrub hedge will occupy.
So, when deciding the type and species of shrub to use, inquire about the height and bulkiness of the mature version of the shrub. These dimensions will help you choose a shrub that will fit well in the ground space provided. Also, it's advisable to inquire about the maintenance workload of the shrub hedge. For example, shrubs that shed heavily may require you to clean up the surrounding area often.
Landscape windbreaks help break off heavy winds that can easily destroy your outdoor plants and other features. The tips above can help you choose an appropriate windbreak for your outdoors, and talk with landscape supplies professionals or fence contractors for more information and options.