What You Should Know About Windbreak Netting

The use of windbreak netting is an effective way to shield a garden from the effects of wind. Windbreaks are most often used in colder climates, but can be very beneficial in warmer areas as well.

Windbreaks have been used for centuries to help increase crop yield and protect livestock and property from destructive winds. They can also be strategically placed to deflect gusts that come off nearby buildings or other structures, such as barns or houses.

The purpose of windbreaks is to reduce wind exposure and as a result, minimize the effect of wind on crops, livestock and property. They should also be placed behind buildings, barns and other structures that produce high gusting winds.

Windbreak netting may be used to:

Applying windbreak netting does not have to be limited to the perimeter of a garden. It can also be used in:

1. Shift feed areas-In some locations, moving livestock farther away from a windbreak can allow better access to the feed.

2. Restrict cattle access-Locating windbreaks behind barns and other structures can restrict the movement of livestock, making it necessary to increase their times of feeding.

3. Prevent damage-Windbreaks will often reduce or eliminate damage done to crops and other plants by winds. For example, tree branches that might otherwise be torn off by strong winds are insulated and kept attached to a sturdy support structure.

4. Reduce wind speed-Windbreaks prevent the wind's ability to catch a bale of hay or straw and carry it in one direction, resulting in less potential damage.

5. Require foot traffic-In some locations, windbreak netting makes it necessary for livestock to be walked through the windbreak on a daily basis. This is because the windbreak can blow over at any time. On windy days, livestock will often stay in a protected area in the windbreak until the winds subside.

The success of any windbreak is dependent on height, density and location. The ideal height for a windbreak is between 5 and 6 meters. This allows enough density to reduce wind effects, but not so much that it hinders visibility or blocks sunlight from hitting crops. In addition, trees planted as a windbreak should be spaced 10 to 15 meters apart. This will allow woody plants to increase their coverage and decrease exposure to wind. Finally, windbreaks should be placed at least 20 meters away from buildings or other structures that might produce strong winds.

Windbreak netting is also available in a range of materials and sizes. If a higher-density fabric is required (for example, to cover large areas or to cover existing rows of trees), heavier materials and a weight-appropriate measure can be specified in the job specifications and plans.

Welded wire netting (also called welded fencing) and woven wire fencing are made from strong yet lightweight materials. Windbreaks made from woven and welded wire can be erected at a variety of heights to provide varying levels of protection. Weave prevents the wind from blowing through the material, while welded means that it is not likely to blow down. The two methods can be combined.


After reading this article, hopefully, you should have a clear sense of the usefulness of windbreak netting in your particular area. If you are already using windbreak netting, then it's likely that you can demonstrate a positive impact on the amount and quality of crops grown.



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