How to landscape windy areas?

We live in Nebraska on a hill where it is windy. I have evergreens planted on lot line, but want to enjoy our 16 X 20 deck. I do not know how or what to do...plant..build to enjoy our back yard on the deck when it is so windy. PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you Jennifer

Submitted by jenann325

If you have a normal residential size lot, it may be difficult to provide an effective windbreak. A row of evergreens will help, but a full windbreak usually involves planting 2 rows of evergreens, 2 rows of deciduous trees, and 4 rows of shrubs (2 rows on both outer edges). That said, any quick growing plantings will help slow the wind. A privacy fence next to the deck can also help cut the effects of the wind.

Answered by DSchrock