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How to make a windbreak

Updated March 23, 2017

Gardens are a great addition to any home. They not only add visual appeal, but they also can be a great place for you to relax in the evenings after work or on the weekends. Depending on where you live, your garden can be ruined by the wind. You can prevent this from happening by making a windbreak. A windbreak consists of objects, generally trees and shrubs, put in place to protect gardens, land or crops. Here’s how to make a windbreak.

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  1. Familiarise yourself with shrubs and trees that grow well in your area. You don’t want to be worrying more about what is growing in your windbreak than you do about your garden, thus you should pick something that will grow on its own with little maintenance from you. It is also important that you select shrubs and trees that have roots going straight down rather than those that branch out. The latter can end up growing into your garden area, thus ruining one of your favourite activities.

  2. Next you need to determine how wide of a windbreak you need. This refers to the number of rows deep the windbreak needs to be. For example, farmers that use windbreaks for their crops often have three to five rows of trees together since this provides a more comprehensive windbreak for their large area of crops. However, your garden may only need one or two depending on its size.

  3. Deciding how tall of shrubs and trees you need is also something you will need to do. The taller your tree or shrub is the more land it protects. Therefore the longer your garden happens to be, the taller you will need shrubs and trees to grow.

  4. Determine how far apart you should plant the trees or shrubs when creating a windbreak. Planting them too close together can cause crowding which will result in a few trees dying or being limited on how much they can grow. Most experts recommend that they should be spaced so that when they are matured they are touching.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shrubs
  • Trees

About the Author

Allison Dodge has been a writer since 2005, specializing in education, careers, health and travel. She has worked at educational institutions for more than 10 years. Dodge has a master's degree in education administration.

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