Windbreaks and living snow fences

Windbreaks are barriers used to reduce and redirect wind. They usually consist of trees and shrubs, but may also be perennial or annual crops and grasses, fences, or other materials. The reduction in wind speed behind a windbreak modifies the environmental conditions or microclimate in the sheltered zone. As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the […]

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Staking and Guying Trees: Best Materials and Technique

Authors: Gary R. Johnson, Associate Professor, Urban and Community Forestry and Marc A. Shippee, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Forest Resources Extension Department When is Staking Necessary? More often than not, staking is unnecessary. Occasionally, newly planted trees may require staking when: They have abnormally small root systems that can’t physically support the larger, above-ground growth (stem and leaves). The stem bends […]

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