Whether they are White Pine trees, Leyland Cypress trees, Arborvitae, or Norwegian Spruce trees, having an assortment of beautiful evergreen trees as part of the landscape will provide solace to the eye and soul, but they also provide decent protection as wind barriers to surrounding landscaping and buildings too states Dennis Sons of Garden Plants Nursery. Integrating evergreens as wind barriers into a quality landscape design or project is not a new concept, and is one which allows the natural elements and beauty of these varietals to thoroughly complement the immediate surroundings.
Consider, amongst the other evergreens, White Pine trees and Leyland Cypress trees. These two evergreens are not only hearty and beautiful; they are particularly beneficial as wind barriers. They both offer large amounts of horizontal coverage and both promise speedy growth rates. It is recommended that if planting trees which are not saplings, that they are spaced at approximately 10 feet apart, and that they are placed in a position where they receive plenty of natural sun and water. If the trees planted are adolescent trees, having two or three growth years, it can reasonably be expected that within two or three additional years, a formidable wind barrier will emerge.
Another benefit of incorporating evergreen trees into a landscape is they can, and do, provide substantial privacy. With today’s trends by townships, developers, and some Homeowners Associations toward restricting the use of traditional fencing, trees are a very reasonable and gorgeous alternative. If executed properly, a landscape design which assimilates a combination of large plant species with a blend of trees will provide both privacy and wind protection to the environs nearby.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons to consider trees as windbreaks is because it saves money. If a building or home is in a particularly hot, windy, dry, or cold region; and obviously during those long winter months in the northern parts of the country, trees performing as windbreaks can significantly lower the costs associated with heating and cooling as well. Some estimates claim upward of a 30% savings. Additionally, reduction in wind also plays a key role in reducing any drying effects upon vegetation protected by it.
Trees are wonderful creations and have extraordinary designs. They not only offer a natural habitat for numerous birds and other little creatures, they provide good protection against the effects of wind, and can, in the long run, save tons of that hard-earned money.