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Ideas for a windy garden

We have a new build end terrace house so the garden is an L shape.
There is a public path that runs along the side of our garden and a path that runs along the back of the neighbours gardens. 
This creates quite alot of wind. Almost a T shape wind tunnel. We are also by the coast and on a hill and so expect it to be windy but am just looking for ideas for ways to minimise it.
I will upload pictures - the corner where the sun lounger is I would love to make an area to sit that is much less windy.

I was thinking a fence from wall to house and bushes or fence on the wall to help with privacy too, any advice appreciated. 

*the patchy lawn is a seperate issue I am aware of :) 

First post so thanks for any replies. 


  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    edited May 2020
    I'm stumped to come up with anything other than what you've already said sorry.

    Looks like it'll be quite a challenge to stop the wind without sacrificing the view with fencing or something horrid like leylandii. It would also be a shame to loose the effect of that stone wall.

    You're right, some kind of 'wind break' is a must on the side of your house.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,586
    If you go for a fence, choose a type with small gaps between the boards like the one at the other side which will filter and slow the wind, rather than a solid one which would cause turbulence.
    Which way does the wind mostly come from? If the main problem is a wind tunnel down the side of the house, try fencing just the house-to-wall section first (about where the row of troughs is) and see if that helps, before you commit to fencing/planting along the wall too.
    If you do plant along the wall, a mixed border with tough types of shrub well spaced out might slow the wind better and look nicer, but it won't be instant (small plants establish better).

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • That's very helpful thank you. 

    The wind mostly comes along the side of the house but also along the back wall of the garden too. 

    Do you think the fence would stop the wind more if we did it the other end of the house rather than where the troughs are as we don't mind losing that side bit of garden.

    Also what type of shrub? Something all year round that would eventually grow to make a screen would be good but I'm not sure what?

    Any ideas what I could put along the fence where sun lounger is to stop wind blowing through so much? 

    I'm sorry I'm quite a novice. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,586
    I'm thinking mixed border - some deciduous flowering types and some evergreens, contrasting foliage etc. You'd need to research for your particular soil type (sand, clay, acid, alkaline?) and aspect (does it face north, south etc) but here's a link to the RHS page on windbreaks , and here's what the RHS plant finder came up with for an exposed situation and coastal (with no other filters - I didn't filter on height so some of them are low-growing)
    Hope that gives you some ideas.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,942
    edited May 2020
    I had a similar issue when we built an extension at a previous house. I have the same problem here, having done the same,  and the wind often undoes the bolt on the side gate. It has a second one at the bottom now  ;)

    I used a fence front and back at the previous house, at right angles to the boundary. Sorry I don't have any photos, as it was pre digital camera. I did have a boundary hedge, but i also planted along the bit of fence at the rear of the house - similar to your site. I then had a planted border beyond that which filtered it. It then led into another planted section at right angles, so it was parallel to the fence, but it came further into the garden. Hope that makes sense!
    Like @JennyJ mentions, I used fencing with gaps - a solid barrier can make things worse, and we had an iron gate - so gaps again. That filters the wind too. 

    Shrubs running on an angle, or just in a staggered row, down the side will help too. You can use things like Eleagnus or even just Laurel, as they'll take plenty of abuse. The idea is to filter the wind, not try and block it. 
    You can use pergolas/screens with climbers in the main part of the garden - that will do a similar job, but you may find there's a certain amount of wind that you'll just have to put up with. Where I live, we only notice when there isn't any wind  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you.
    I think we will go for a high fence with gaps from wall to house (not sure which EMS is best yet.) Shrubs along the wall;Laurel seems to be a  easy option with a screen against that top corner of fence to help with the wind.

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