Planting Windbreaks and Screens
Now is the time to plan for and order windbreaks.
If you need help designing a windbreak, give us a call, we are happy to help!
What is a windbreak?
A windbreak or screen might be one tree strategically placed on your property or it may be several rows of trees and/or shrubs planted on a property line to slow down winter winds block snow and offer shade.
When should I plant a windbreak?
Spring is always a good time to plant. Trees planted in the spring usually require less watering as spring rains reduce hand watering. In addition, they have the whole season to develop a root system which will be beneficial for over-wintering. Typically oaks and birch trees do better if planted in the spring than in the fall.
What are some common windbreak trees and shrubs?
Some common trees currently being recommended for large windbreaks are Norway Spruce, Eastern Red Cedars, Arborvitae, Oaks and Hackberry. Some common shrubs are dogwood, lilac, viburnum, and ninebark.
Because of the risk of disease, we always recommend diversity, whether you are just planting a few trees or a few hundred, and natives are always a good choice.
Where do I start?
We recommend giving your local NRCS office a call, as they have cost share options available that may significantly reduce the expense for you. They can also help you design a plan for what will work best for your area and property. Next, give us a call so we can discuss your options of what types of plants are available and what they will cost this year!
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