Selecting trees and shrubs species

Consider the purpose for your shelterbelt and the site characteristics when selecting suitable trees and shrubs. It is better to plant a multi-row shelterbelt using a variety of trees or shrubs rather than planting two or more rows of the same. A variety of trees and shrubs provides a wider range of benefits, which includes lowering the risk of losing the entire shelterbelt to events such as drought, insects or disease.

Each species has its own characteristic height, width, density, longevity, growth, invasiveness potential and resistance to insects and disease.

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