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Mark in Texas

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My farm is located on a south facing hill that is subject to high winds, especially spring and summer.  3 days ago we had gusts in the 40's for example. So, about 10 years ago I planted 16" tall liners of Leyland Cypress and Arizona cypress C. "Carolina Saphhire" and "Silver Smoke" to shield my fruit trees and veggie garden.  These have grown to 20' H and as much across.  Afghan pine seedlings were planted in between and have been smothered out.  Once established, the 2nd year, they require little to no water, love drought, are pest free.  Highly recommend these for any place that isn't a wet area and has constant high humidity.





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Very cool Mark.  You have good things going on there.  I have a lot of pine trees here.  They do take some water though.  Our average rainfall is probably half or less than yours and its hit and dry.  Eucalyptus is maybe a better choice here.  But all of it will explod in case of a wildfire.

Mark in Texas

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Very cool Mark.  You have good things going on there.  I have a lot of pine trees here.  They do take some water though.  Our average rainfall is probably half or less than yours and its hit and dry.  Eucalyptus is maybe a better choice here.  But all of it will explod in case of a wildfire.

Yep, they're full of sap....but also water.  I once had thousands of pines in my Xmas tree biz, down to maybe 600.  Luckily we have a wonderful volunteer FD about 2 miles away.

Love eucalyptus!

ScottR

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Nice wind break Mark, but be aware that Leylandii Cypress only last about 25 years or so and get very leggy if not pruned annually!
The last big storm we had here on Central Coast with gusts of up to 71 miles a hour from South east blew over many tree's!!! Big Eucalyptus and many Leylandii Cypress!!! Neighbor in front of me has been cutting down all his L. Cypress he's afraid of them falling on house.I've watched the Leylandii Cypress for 25 yrs. plus around my property neighbors on side and both property's in front of me were surrounded in them by developer who built houses on those property's. I've been on my place for last 40yrs. and watching them all come down slowly but surely! 

 

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