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Living Willow Hedge as a Wind Break.

Posted Nov 12 2008 7:00pm

Chris has commented on our wind break post asking if a living willow hedge would be suitable:

I was thinking of a living willow hedge, such as Salix Viminalis, for my veg patch, can anyone tell me if this is a good/bad idea

TopVeg replied:

The advantages of using willow as a wind break are:

  • willow is vigorous - growing quickly, thickly, withstanding winds etc
  • willow would provide a good barrier against the wind
  • willow looks attractive in summer and winter - with colour and shape

The problems of using willow as a wind break could be that:

  • you have to keep it in check, and trim it, so that it would not keep the sun out of the garden and produce shade for the veg.
  • you would need enough space, so that you could plant the living willow well away from the veg, so that its roots would not deprive the veg of water and nutrients.
  • the leaves drop off in the autumn, and would have to be collected, making more work!

To find out more on this book about hedges and hedge laying click the image below:

Hedges and Hedgelaying: A Guide to Planting, Management and Conservation

We would be interested to hear from anyone using a living willow hedge as a windbreak.

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