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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Successfully Landscaping Your Home's Windy Yard

by Eugene Jones

If your home is located in an area that is prone to excessive winds, it is important to choose landscaping plants and trees that are able to withstand the wind with minimal damage. Utilizing wind-resistant landscaping options will help to reduce the amount of damage and maintenance necessary for your yard after large windstorms blow through. It will also help to ensure that your yard always looks its best.

Here is some information to help you select wind-resistant trees and plants for your windy yard:

Wind's Effect on Plants and Trees

Wind can cause severe damage to trees and plants as it whips them back and forth. Some common examples of wind damage are:

  • broken branches
  • flower damage
  • leaf damage
  • root structure damage

In addition, if your landscaping is not suitable for excessive winds, then you will get a lot of litter in your yard that will require extra maintenance. As parts of your trees and plants break off in the wind, your yard will begin to have aesthetic issues as well.

Wind-Resistant Plants

You may be surprised to know that there are some plant species that are naturally wind-resistant. Wind-resistant plants have flexible stems that permit them to sway and bend without permanent damage. You can generally identify plants that can tolerate wind by their thin leaves and needles.

Some of the best plants to use to landscape your home's windy yard are:

  • crepe myrtle
  • fuchsia
  • juniper
  • lavender
  • lilac

In addition, most species of grasses work well in areas that have a lot of wind. Larger Oriental grasses work very well as replacements for traditional hedges and bushes because of their large size and fast growth.

Wind Resistant Trees

Wind can also damage trees that have not adapted to deal with the constant back and forth motion. Just as with plants, there are some species that tolerate wind very well, including:

  • cypress
  • ironwood
  • Japanese maple
  • palm

Pine trees also have a lot of tolerance for wind, though they drop their needles each year and can make a bit of a mess.

Conclusion

Landscaping for windy conditions can be a challenge, but it is one that can be overcome by taking the time to learn about the wind-resistant species of plants and trees that grow well in your agricultural zone. If you need additional assistance landscaping your home's yard, then you should speak with a landscaping contractor in your local area.

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