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Hedging and fencing can protect the garden from winter wind. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/9557815@N05/">Abi Skipp</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Hedging and fencing can protect the garden from winter wind. Photo: Abi Skipp, CC some rights reserved

Strategies for working with wind

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Winter wind takes a toll on a household. It fills a driveway up with blowing snow. The windy side of a house can be colder on the inside, as well as the outside.

Wind makes life hard for shrubs and trees, too, even some native species that are truly winter hardy when they're planted in a protected location. But as Cooperative extension's horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley, wind-tolerant plantings can help block and redirect the worst of the wind. In their weekly conversation, she's got suggestions for what to plant and where, for short term and long term windbreaks.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

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