Live in Wyoming. Wind is atrocious. Something has to be done to protect plants or wind burn kills them. So I'm toying with the idea of planting in holes. I figure when the plant is strong and starts growing out of the hole it'll be strong enough to survive the wind. I also think the hole would collect water and with enough mulch could be a great thing in general. Anyone see any downsides?
Sounds good to me. My location is extremely arid and at certain seasons has atrocious winds every afternoon. Dust storms obscuring everything for a few minutes, sand in your eyes, the whole thing. I often see that if there are hollows out in the desert, the plants congregate in them. They collect mulch on their own initiative too.
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It is bad if you have poor draining soils (water pools and drowns the roots) but in a dry area it should work.
You may want to plant it level with the ground and build up a mound around it, so the soil line doesn't change and rot the bark--depending on the species.
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