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Trees for windy backyard
Plant a variety of species to create a windbreak; the diversity will protect the planting from a complete wipe-out if a new pest or disease comes through. The following evergreen trees are good for windbreaks and are medium-to-fast growers; eastern red cedar, Douglas fir, concolor fir, Norway spruce, Colorado spruce, red pine, and white pine. Fast-growing deciduous trees for windbreaks include poplar, cottonwood, silver maple, and hackberry. If you have space, plant rows of large shrubs, too. Dogwoods, Viburnums, Sumac, lilac, and ninebark are all durable and fast growing. Finally, my favorite is Amur maple because of its spectacular fall color.