How to use hedges and screens successfully to block wind:
- First, think of what direction the wind comes most strongly from, most often. Could you put a section of tall screening shrubs just along one side of your property and block the majority of the wind?
- Next, think about light: most screening plants will grow faster and thicker with full sunshine. Can you put your screening shrubs far enough away from any other plants or structures that they will get full sun? (What does full sun mean?)
- Consider the view. Obviously, you love the beauty of the ocean and don’t want to block your view! Think about whether you can create little “viewing corridors” from the places you sit most, so you can block a lot of the wind but not ruin your view.
- It’s possible to use fences or even large windows to block the wind. A number of my clients have decks that are surrounded with 6’ tall glass panels, so you can sit outside and enjoy the view without having sand blown into your coffee.
- It’s best if you can use a gradated effect to planting your screen, with 5’ shrubs leading to 10’ shrubs leading to taller ones as needed. This helps move the wind up and away from your garden and helps share the burden of the wind along more than one plant, preventing your plants from breaking during storms.