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Planting in holes for a high wind area

 
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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?
 
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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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I have clay soil so it's very poor draining. We don't get a heck of a lot of rain though so maybe it'd be ok? I have tons of starts off my bushes so perhaps I'll just do a few tests.
 
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