Windbreaks provide excellent habitats for many wildlife species, especially when a fruit-producing shrub row is added.
Windbreaks and living snow fences are extremely important in eastern Colorado. Here, the wind blows often and hard with little deterrence across the relatively flat terrain. Strategically placed windbreaks greatly reduce wind speeds around specific areas, such as homesteads, roads, barns, feedlots, corrals and crop fields. Windbreaks block blowing snow, reducing heating and cooling costs, buffer sounds and odors, provide cooler or warmer areas for livestock and reduce soil erosion. They also provide excellent habitat for many wildlife species, especially when a fruit-producing shrub row is added.