Windbreaks reduce wind speed and create sheltered zones for growing crops and raising livestock. Windbreaks also protect living and working areas, and provide critical wildlife habitat in a landscape dominated by agricultural crops. This set of four Extension Circulars covers the basics of how windbreaks work, and how to set up, manage and renovate windbreaks.
How Windbreaks Work (EC1763) explains how windbreak structure -- height, density, number of rows, species composition, length, orientation and continuity -- determines how effective the windbreak will be in reducing wind speed and altering microclimate.
Windbreak Establishment (EC1764) contains information on how to plan and establish a windbreak uniquely suited to a particular site, including site preparation, plant material selection, weed control and replanting.
Windbreak Management (EC1768) details how to maintain the health and vigor of a windbreak throughout its life cycle. To-dos include weed control, protection from large animals and rodents, corrective pruning, insect and disease control and property chemical use.
Windbreak Renovation (EC1777) is a step-by-step guide to renovating older or neglected windbreaks to make them functional and effective again. Steps include identifying the primary purpose of the windbreak, evaluating the current condition of the windbreak and implementing suitable renovation techniques.
Format: Two four-page and two six-page Extension Circulars