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Windbreak

A Windbreak consists of multiple rows of trees and shrubs planted to protect a farmstead, feedlot or open fields from wind and snow. Coniferous trees or a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees can be used, along with one or two rows of shrubs. The established trees and shrubs slow wind on the downwind side of the windbreak for a distance equal to 10 times the height of the trees. The windbreak reduces wind erosion, conserves energy used for heating and cooling, serves as a sound barrier, and provides wildlife food and cover.

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