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RE: Establishing shrubs on site with heavy coastal exposure

Subject: RE: Establishing shrubs on site with heavy coastal exposure
From: Rupert Baker
Date: Nov 20 2020 10:26:45
Not sure about heather - I've seen it on sheltered estuary sides on acid 
soil, but on the coast proper, only well up above sea level.  Why not Add 
Atriplex halimus - v. salt tolerant, nice silvery leaves, (Sea Purslane IIRC 
as a common name).  In terms of shelter for establishment, definitely use a 
temporary windbreak- hurdles/heather screening or similar; the plants will 
have been grown in a nursery, and will get a probably terminal nasty shock if 
they are just stuck out in the teeth of a marine environment.
Hope that helps

Rupert

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info On Behalf Of Jonathan Astill
Sent: 20 November 2020 09:44
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Establishing shrubs on site with heavy coastal exposure

Morning all, 

 

A client of mine would like to establish a belt of coastal shrubs on sandy 
loam directly adjacent to a very exposed stretch of south-west facing, low 
lying coast in Hampshire and will take a good battering from salt laden wind. 
The belt is within a few metres of the high tide line. Suggested
species: Common Gorse, Heather, Sea Buckthorn, Blackthorn and Guelder Rose. 

 

Whilst the species are all deemed relatively tolerant of this exposure, I am 
wondering if the installation of a windbreak netting / mesh on the seaward 
side for the first couple of years would benefit the establishment of the 
young transplants? Any thoughts or tips from anyone with similar experience 
would be welcome. 

 

ATB

 

Jonathan                 



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