Windbreaks reduce wind speed by forcing the air currents up and over the windbreak, leaving areas of relative calm on the protected side. In Alberta, the prevailing wind comes from the northwest. At the For Trees nursery, we cultivate the finest varieties of trees and shrubs indigenous to south-central Alberta, and those best suited to our climate and your shelterbelt, farmscape, or windbreak. Located in Didsbury, the heart of Mountain View County, we are your Central Alberta Shelterbelt Specialists.
What makes a good shelterbelt or windbreak?
For people who have moved to a new acreage to escape the city life, it’s not always easy knowing how to start preparing the land and the new farmscape. For Trees Company will help you with these major decisions. For instance, it is important to include a hedge like Caragana or Lilac, and a row of conifers such as Colorado Spruce, Lodgepole Pine, or Siberian Larch. It’s also important to know which trees will do best in a roadside hedge, and being able to recognize the best tree for the type of soil. We will help you with this.
For established farmscapes, the field shelterbelt, the one that will protect your soil and crops, requires a considerable amount of preparation; valuable farmland has to be withdrawn from production of crops and the immediate strip of land alongside the shelterbelt will lose its productivity. However, these strips are important because they provide nutrients and moisture for the trees. A field shelterbelt is a significant investment, but so valuable. The damage from wind erosion is reduced, your crops will be protected from winds and direct damage from high wind velocity, and the windbreaks act as snow catchers that will significantly improve spring moisture conditions.