Need help with windbreak/privacy hedge for farm property
We have a 10 acre farm along a fairly busy road. Since town is moving out into the country, we would like a little more privacy than we have had in the past.
What we have are 2 large pastures divided by our driveway. The road goes along the front of both pastures. The road frontage is about 3000 feet. The road is up about 10 feet taller than the pastures because of a large hill. We plan to fence the property in eventually but right now, we would like to plant something along the road to form a type of windbreak or privacy screen. I have looked at the Leyland Cyprus trees. Many people around here have them bordering property but they seem a bit formal for a farm in a predominately farming area. What we are wanting is a tree or combination of trees that looks fairly natural, not like a commercial privacy hedge or imported specialty tree. We have a creek running along the back side of these pastures with maple, poplar, Black Walnut, and sycamore trees with underbrush below. We want something that would blend in with these surroundings and not stick out like a sore thumb.
Someone has suggested that we use a combination of hybrid willow and White Pine. The front of the property has ample moisture and there are no pipes to worry about large roots which I have heard is a problem with the willows. This is open fields. The pastures are basically a valley between two small mountains so we do get a fair amount of wind but it isn't unusually strong wind. I am hoping some forum members can offer suggestions about this. If it would help, I can upload a photo of the property. Thanks for your assistance!