Plant Windbreaks for Biodiverse, Multilayered Protection

Learn how you can help protect your landscape and help improve the environment by planting biodiverse windbreakers.

Plants added at various densities and heights can protect your property from powerful winds. Photo by  Flickr/K-State Research and Extension

Can I plant trees to protect my property from strong storms?

If you follow simple landscaping guidelines, you can provide additional protection to your home landscape and lower the risk of damage to your property. Biodiverse layers create water and air filtration, help control snow drifts, provide food and shelter for wildlife, reduce soil erosion, cool the environment, save energy, and create wind protection.

Many homes are surrounded by individual free-standing trees, minimal hedges, and low-lying ground covers. This leaves property open to damage from sun, water, and winds. A house standing alone with one large shade tree in the yard can’t withstand powerful winds like a house surrounded by a biodiverse, dense windbreak can.

A windbreak can help slow winds before they approach your home, and the plants can capture flying debris. If planted lower than your home, they can also capture water and give the rain a place to drain.

The protective power of a windbreak all depends on the selection of the plant layers you choose, as well as the density. Plant selection is a vital step in determining the strength of your windbreak. Choose flexible plants with deep taproot systems that perform well in your area.

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