Northeast Gardening forum: Wind break planting

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Sep 7, 2016 6:53 AM CST
Hello everyone,
I live in Zone 5 and am on top of large hill that gets an insane amount of wind. I'm wondering if there are any trees or hedges that do well in this climate that will help block some of the wind that blows over my garden. My poor tomato plants blew over despite staking. This was my first season in this home and I'm still learning what does well here and what needs some TLC. Thanks very much! Kate
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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Sep 7, 2016 9:06 AM CST
Hi Kate....I also live on top of a windy hill.....when we built here over 40 years ago, my husband planted hemlocks and one spruce on one side of our property, and white pines & spruces on the other.......all the pines are down....too brittle......most of the hemlocks are down.....shaded out the veggie garden....the spruce are still there & do give a windbreak, but I think it's because our neighbors also planted a row of, double the amount....lots of spruce cones, though....some have very tiny cones, others have huge heavy ones.....raking up is a pain. You could try large rhodos....they keep their leaves all winter, but probably don't get higher than 8-10'....guess there are drawbacks to neighbor planted arborvitae, but the deer loved them.....
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Sep 13, 2016 4:34 AM CST


Yeah arborvitae look like lollipops here

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