OUR FAVORITE WINDBREAK DESIGN
Austree willow 4 years old A double row of Austrees 1 year old
already 12 ft tall.
OUTSIDE ROW--WINDWARD-THE SIDE THE WIND HITS FIRST.
AUSTREE WILLOW: These
deciduous trees grow very fast of up to 8 ft per year, have leaves early in
April and hold them to November. Austrees helps the evergreens on the
inside grow about 20% faster because they offer them protection from the wind
during the critical spring growing season. They make a great snow catcher,
and block the wind by 30% even in the winter, they do well the first 20 years, and top out at about 40 ft tall
in 7 years. On most applications we recommend they be planted about 5 ft apart
in a single row, or for best results we recommend a double row spaced 8 ft apart
in the row and between rows. Click on our link for more info on the
SECOND ROW-25 FT INSIDE OF AUSTREE WILLOW
TECHNY ARBORVITAE: If you have any type of soil except for
sandy or rocky we recommend the Techny Arborvitae. They are an excellent, dense
plant that has a medium rate of growth, and live a long time. Space these 10 ft
or farther apart in the row. If your soil is sandy or rocky use the Red Cedar. See our
link to the Techny Arborvitae for more info.
Techny Arborvitae 6 years old spaced
10 ft apart
Large Norway Spruce over 80 years old
THIRD AND FORTH ROW 20 ft INSIDE OF TECHNYS
NORWAY SPRUCE: If you have
almost any soil except sandy or rocky, space these rows twenty feet apart from
the Techny and 20ft between these two rows. Space these 20 ft or farther apart
in the row and use two rows of Norway Spruce. Although not native to
America, no other tree does as well or lives as long as the Norway Spruce in
windbreaks. Many of the oldest and largest evergreens in the northern half of
North America that are used for windbreaks are the Norway Spruce. Visit: www.norwayspruce.com
Between the rows of newly planted evergreen tree windbreak, is an excellent place
to raise a garden, berry bushes or even X-mas trees. Nothing permanent
past 10 years should be planted in this area as it will need to be removed so
the evergreens can continue to have space to grow.
These other evergreen or deciduous windbreak trees listed also work well
in 3rd or 4th or more rows. Red Cedar,
White Pine, and White Spruce.
If you are considering planting
Colorado Blue Spruce, Black Hills Spruce,
Concolor Fir, Austrian Pine, Red Pine, or
Pine. These evergreen species although used extensively in the past,
are not recommendation for a long lived windbreak as they can suffer from
extensive disease, soil, and insect problems in many areas of the US east of
There is also many kinds of deciduous shrubs that can be
used in windbreaks as well.