Where we are planning on setting up our hives is exposed to the north wind. We want to put in a windbreak around the apiary, but we need some suggestions.
We live in Nebraska, on the border of zones four and five.
First goal: good windbreak
Second goal: something the bees would like to work
Third goal: if possible, we'd like something fruiting
Any ideas? I was looking at chokecherry, but the apiary is at the corner of a pasture. There will be fencing to keep animals out of the area, but I don't want dropped leaves to cause a problem for any sheep or possible cow in the future.