The real funny part is that I grew up literally a stones throw away from where our house is and I NEVER remember thinking it was particularly windy. This is where the whole idea of the shelter belt comes into play. My parents have a great fortress of trees around their house so even in the craziest winds, their yard is pretty calm
When you are homesteading like the settlers did or in our case what we are doing right now YOU NEED SOME TREES. The hard part is that not all trees grow well and they are expensive and when you pay for something and it dies it is a real kill joy.
Before we built the house we planted 400 caraganas around the Northwest perimeter of our land. they started as small sticks and have actually grown alright but because I was crazy pregnant last summer I didn't really weed them and the weeds took over. Thankfully they're still thriving but this summer if you want to know what I'll be doing everyday, the answer is weeding caraganas
In the very first summer we planted, what started out as a twig turned to this...
Last summer they were looking even bigger and better but so were the weeds, however I am very optimistic about this summer. If you ever want to feel good about yourself as a tree planter when you really have no clue what you're doing i suggest planting caraganas... those suckers are survivors!
Besides Caraganas we also had the opportunity to plant a whole load of Blue Spruce which we know are not crazy fast in the growing department but give us 15 years and we will have one sheltered house. In the past week or so to our dismay our Blue Spruce's have been looking a bit brown:(
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But we're amateurs and didn't know all that so hopefully by next summer we will be experts in the tree planting department
This summer we're looking to plant a row of lilacs which grow really well here as well as perhaps some willows or poplars. We'll see what the ol' budget allows for but I have been frequenting this website to figure out our best line of defence for the winds next winter