Facing the Storm
Windbreak. This is nothing more than a group of trees and shrubs planted in one or even more rows. Thanks to this, a natural protection of the field against wind erosion is formed. It allows game, small animals and insects to move freely and safely through the landscape.
In order for our landscape not to resemble an agricultural semi-desert, from which all water has disappeared, windbreaks are indispensable, especially in dry places. They were widely planted in our country in the 1950s, but they were not provided with the necessary care. Since the 1990s, most of them have been cared for by individual landowners. They often do not pay enough attention to them. The current windbreaks are obsolete and the trees that die are not replenished by anyone.
However, within landscaping, there is a trend to use them as an important element of ecological stability. That is, so that windbreaks fulfill their function of balancing ecosystems and counteracting erosion people need to take good care of them. Ideally, there would be a whole network of them in the landscape, which cannot be planted just anywhere. They should be positioned to slow the wind down from the side where it blows the most. The entire network of windbreaks then prevent the wind from causing damage.
Why plant windbreaks
Especially in dry areas, they protect against wind erosion.
They cool and humidify the air.
They prevent the soil and vegetation from drying out.
They help create dew and catch snow.
They help increase agricultural yield because they protect crops from the wind.
They also prevent the land from being drained when farmers have not planted any crops on it.