Does my windbreak need to be composed of conifers or can I use deciduous trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Effective windbreaks can be planted with either conifers, deciduous trees, or a mix of both. Conifer plantings do need not be as dense as plantings of deciduous trees and shrubs for the same effectiveness. Deciduous plantings should mimic a small forest, including both trees and shrubs for wind buffering function both high and low from the ground, because more deciduous plants will be needed to break the wind than are needed if planting coniferous trees.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.