The Best Windbreakers

Updated July 19, 2017

Each year gardeners anxiously await the new gardening season with excitement and determination to have the best new crops. Weather always plays an important part in determining your success even if you are an excellent gardener. Healthy strong plants in a garden can be destroyed all too quickly with never-ending days of strong winds. Take precautions to help prevent wind damage effects from occurring by using the best windbreakers.

Windbreaker Placement

Evaluate your options for garden locations. Pick an area preferably with the least amount of wind on the east side of your home. Garden windbreakers need to be placed perpendicular to prevailing winds, which are usually along the western or northern borders. The type of windbreaker chosen may affect where the windbreaker is positioned and your choice of location for the garden. Windbreaks for gardens constructed of fencing material do not require additional space. Hedges used as a windbreaker require a couple of feet for expansion and trees need even more space, depending upon the variety.


Planting hedges with trees in the background creates a living windbreak, which is recommended by Garden Cottage Nursery as one of the best windbreakers for gardens. Quick growing shrubs can provide the first layer of wind protection, followed by fast growing trees placed in the rear as an additional windbreak. Hedges make a sturdy windbreaker by providing a dense screen to reduce wind speed and still allow air flow. An effectively placed hedge is often all that is required for adequate wind protection.

Fast growing shrubs recommended for hedges include Emerald Arborvitae, Rose of Sharon, Blackhaw viburnum, Taxus baccata and Cotoneaster lacteus. Quick growing trees used for garden windbreakers include hybrid willows, green ash, silver maples, cottonwoods and hybrid poplars.


Select fencing designs to diffuse wind with an open weave, slat construction, lattice design or any style that provides some protection from wind yet still allows air flow. Solid walls with no air flow should be avoided since they create further problems and turbulence.

Fencing has the advantage of instant installation and does not require watering, trimming or fertilising as hedges do. However, hedges can be grown quickly, cost less, have an aesthetic beauty and provide homes for several types of wildlife.

Garden Fabric

Garden fabric can be used in several different ways and may be the simplest windbreaker for your garden. Many gardeners protect garden plants with floating row covers made of garden fabric. Wood or plastic frames are placed around plants and garden fabric is attached and draped over the frames providing wind protection. Garden fabric can be purchased as summerweight fabric or all-purpose. This versatile fabric acts as a barrier against insects, while allowing filtered sunlight and water to reach plants. It can be easily cut into desired sizes for draping over plants with no frames, or attached to wire fencing as a very effective windbreaker.

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