Growing on the High Plains: Windbreaks for Energy Efficiency

Oct 1, 2020

Windbreaks, or shelterbelts, help protect your landscape from the lashing winds, while also adding to energy efficiency.

Today’s Growing on the High Plains will line up some facts about the energy and environmental benefits of planting a windbreak on your landscape. If you’re not sure what a “windbreak” is, perhaps you know it as a “shelterbelt”—those tightly-spaced rows of trees or shrubs that you might notice up and down the High Plains region. They provide shade in the summer and reduce the blasts from our High Plains wind on your abode throughout the year. But they also offer a lot of energy benefits. They reduce wind erosion, protect native plants and crops, manage snow, and improve irrigation efficiency.