sharon connors asked 13 years ago

i have a fairly big lawn out the back of the house and i want to plant some trees for shelter as the wind can be very strong at times, i don’t want to take away from the sun setting eithre as that is where it sets in the evening.Could you please advise me on what trees to plant. thanks

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Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
The area of very good shelter created by a hedge or shelter belt is reckoned at a distance equivalent to about five times the height of the shelter and it still gives good shelter at ten times the height.

Therefore you may not need very tall trees, for instance a two metre hedge will give a shelter effect for 10 to 20 metres back. You might be okay with a hedge rather than trees but you could do both .. a hedge on the windward side with some scattered trees to give height and decoration but not in the way of blocking sunlight.

In this case, the actual kind of hedging or trees used does not matter as much as their placemnet. FOr a choice of trees and shrubs, click here: