The Benefits of Windbreaks

Windbreaks are rows of trees or shrubs that reduce the force of the wind. They can reduce soil erosion, increase crop yields and protect livestock from heat and cold. Windbreaks can shield buildings and roads from drifting snow. They beautify the landscape and provide travel routes and habitat for wildlife. Windbreaks can also be sources of wood and food.

This extension note provides information on some of the many benefits of windbreaks, as well as factors to consider when designing a windbreak for your property.

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