Windbreak Planting

Are you planting for a windbreak, here are tips and suggestions for maximizing the results.

Do you live in an area with lots of wind? If so you might want to plan on planting to break this wind.

Wind, especially in the Mountain West, is a feared and damaging element of our weather. Some feel that hail is the worse weather element but most feel that wind is the worst element. Did you know that a hot wind can actually scorch leaves on plants? A cold wind can kill little plants that are just emerging from the soil in the spring. The wind will actually take moisture out of plants and leave them too weak and most will not survive.

There are different windbreaks depending on the area where you live. If you live in the city you might want to plant a windbreak of perhaps five tall evergreens that will block the wind from your home and other plants. Sometimes you have to block a beautiful view from your home just to not have the prevailing winds causing damage. Of course, you will need to decide if it is worth blocking the view with these tall evergreen trees or if you will just live with the wind when it arrives.

If you live out in the country out of town and have a farm or even a homestead sometimes a wind break is necessary.

You may have to decide to protect your livestock and your crops over perhaps have a beautiful view for the sake of your income for your family. You can actually modify the climate with a proper windbreak.

In a rural area you won't plant the windbreak in rows as only the tallest trees are planted in a row. You will have a better plan to actually baffle the wind such as planting in groups of about five to eight plants. In some areas as in the west you will need to have lots of weed control and also irrigation to keep these windbreaks from perishing due to lack of water or those pesky weeds overtaking the plants.

When your windbreak plantings are very young you will need to mulch with leaves to catch the winter's moisture. You'll need to realize that when you do plant windbreaks in an area with livestock that these plants will be damaged and will always have to be replanted every so often to continue the windbreak. This is just a necessary procedure for a windbreak around a feed lot or of just planting them around livestock.

It can take up to two years in the west just to establish trees for a windbreak and necessary weed control and irrigation needs to be done on a regular basis just to get these plants established.

Planting in the spring is best when planting trees for a windbreak. I would suggest digging the holes during the late fall or early spring after frost or before frost. You can naturally plant your windbreak as you choose but most will plant them in groups of three to five so as to appear more natural. You will plant just as the plant nursery instructs you to have them planted properly. Be sure to consult on the depth of the tree when planting as it is very easy to lose plants from planting at too low of depth.

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