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Re: Drought tolerant windbreak

Subject: Re: Drought tolerant windbreak
From: Andersonarb
Date: Aug 23 2006 17:41:59
In a message dated 23/08/2006 18:29:52 GMT Standard Time, writes:

Is that  a yes or a no? :)

As usual it's a non-committal sort of answer. They never seem dense enough  
to provide a decent sort of windbreak, but perhaps with some coppice 
 and ground cover that prevents soil compaction and retains some sort of  
moisture, like a woodland floor in fact, then they could be a componenet of a 
Edmund's idea of seeing what works naturally and locally IMO is the  best 
bet. But you'd better understand when something is growing happily and not  
simply hanging on by the skin of its teeth. The coppiced B utilis in my 
looks very happy despite competition from Mulberry and Bay nearby, but I 
weed or clear leaves away and the thing is more or lessleft to it's own 
devices.  I do keep hacking a rampant Wisteria from around it....
I do wonder if some of the Birch drought victims also suffered from Rust  
fungus in the midst of July's heatwave, the killing off of trees is  
not just a single cause in my experience. We may yet find that the  Current 
blight has a component from the rampant Pulvinaria regalis of the  last half 
dozen years?
Birch are cheap enough to risk a few, in fact you probably don't even need  
to plant them.

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