Gar­den makeover

A high, windy prop­erty in Lower Hutt needs some se­ri­ous pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments. Carol rec­om­mends a lay­ered ap­proach

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text and per­spec­tive draw­ing by Carol Buck­nell. Il­lus­tra­tion by Shani Luck­man.

Carol’s clever plant­ing plan aims to pro­tect a hill­top prop­erty from the el­e­ments

Dear Carol

We have lived on a two-hectare life­style block in Kel­son, Lower Hutt, for the past six years. We have stun­ning views of Welling­ton Har­bour and Bel­mont Re­gional Park, and en­joy the iso­la­tion from neigh­bours and traf­fic. But it’s an ex­tremely windy spot and our back­yard is in the di­rect path of the pre­vail­ing northerly, which can be fre­quent and harsh (wooden gar­den benches of­ten top­ple over). Our back­yard is less ex­posed to souther­lies.

The land was for­merly used to farm live­stock and the clay soil is rife with gorse and weeds. Four years ago we planted griselinia to try to cre­ate a wind bar­rier. This has failed to grow and has pos­si­bly been grazed by rab­bits. For our three young chil­dren I would love a fun and invit­ing gar­den next to our vege patch and sand­pit, with flow­ers and a lawn, as well as plants that are hardy and wind-tol­er­ant.

Tracey Lowther, Lower Hutt

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