Shelterbelt planning and establishment

Mature two-row shrub and tree planting along a farm fence line

Shelterbelts consist of trees and/or shrubs planted as a barrier to reduce wind speed and to protect crops, livestock, buildings, work areas and roads from wind and snow as well as enhance biodiversity. Shelterbelts can be located around farmyards, adjacent to roadsides, waterways, on field boundaries or within fields and around livestock facilities.

It is important to plan your shelterbelt. Planning involves reviewing what you have and determining what you will need. Choose plants that will grow well in your location. Decide what shelterbelt design you will need and the area available to plant it in. The design should match the equipment that you will use to prepare the site, plant the trees and most importantly, control weeds after the shelterbelt has been planted.

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