The Q&A Archives: Wind Problems

Question: We a recently moved to a house on a lake that the wind comes off it very strongly 85% of the time. I like to garden and am concerned how the wind dries things out and beats up the plants. Looking for suggestions.

Answer: Patricia,

That is a challenging situation for plants. I would consider planting things tolerant of wind such as shorter palms and other evergreens that might help slow the wind so you can plant other things on the other side of these windbreak plants. As far as the drying effect of the wind your best bet is to mulch the soil surface well and water with drip irrigation to keep the soil moist. Drip will not blow in the wind like water from a sprinkler will.

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