I'm in Zone 5, SE Michigan, and have sandy, fast daining soil.
I need a fast growing barrier to buffer the road noise that has increased to heartbreak in the 6 years we have been here.
The 2 rows of mature pines isn't enough anymore. I was looking at an inexpensive, fast growing bush like the hybrid willow? It would be kind of hard to get water there as it is 400 ft from the house though.
Another plan is to create berms close to house.
Any pros and cons and or planting suggestions sincerely appreciated.