Designing and Caring for Windbreaks

Windbreaks perform a variety of jobs. They reduce soil erosion, increase crop yield and protect livestock. They shield buildings and help reduce heating costs. They can also add beauty to landscapes and provide habitat for wildlife. Getting the results you want from a windbreak can depend on factors as obvious as its location and size, or as subtle as the kind of trees you use and the spacing between them. One of the most important factors when designing a windbreak is knowing exactly what you want your windbreak to achieve.

This Extension Note provides information about designing and caring for windbreaks that perform different functions.

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