windbreak for n to nw winds

Flora Psarianos asked 13 years ago

Hi Gerry, could you please advise on the best windbreak shrub for a site on the side of a mountain. North winds enter on the same level as the house. NW winds enter from above a rock face approx. 6 meters above sitel level. Windbreak needed on top of rock face. No space on ground level. Very little soil on NW side but lots of rocks so shallow roots shrub would be ideal. Trees would block the afternoon sun. Also any plants cannot be poisenous to animals. Thank you

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Try holly and hawthorn. Both are wind-resistant, both native and look well in a semi-natural setting, not too tall either and can be pruned, both resilient as to soil conditions. They will need to be fenced off to  avod damage by animals.