How do you construct a 'protected area'?

sujiwan_gwMay 3, 2010

It occurs to me that no matter where I go in my yard, there are no so-called "protected areas" where I could grow certain things successfully that ask for those conditions. So, I am wondering how to make such a small scale zone, what's best to use and what criteria should be used in siting the structure for good results.

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cearbhaill

The size would depend on what exactly you are trying to protect, but windbreaks like large conifers, mixed shrub borders, or privacy fencing work well for this.
Place them to deflect the prevailing winds.
Even something as simple as one section of privacy fencing with a grouping of plants at either end can make a wonderful combination windbreak / focal point.

You can find out which direction your prevailing winds come from by googling "prevailing wind map".

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 2:53PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Here's a good article about garden micro-climates (which I just posted on another thread):
http://www.gardenguides.com/582-combat-zone-envy-make-microclimates.html

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 3:46PM
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