Shelterbelt Design & Benefits

There are many types of shelterbelts, each with their own design and benefits.  Example, the denser the shelterbelt the greater the wind protection.


Farmyard Shelterbelt – for protection fo a yard, residence or other buildings.

Field Shelterbelt – for soil erosion control of cultivated fields and for protection of crops.

Roadside Shelterbelt – for snow control along roads or lanes; also for privacy and dust reduction.

Livestock Shelterbelt – for protection of livestock and livestock facilities; also odor control.

Wildlife Planting – for improvement of wildlife habitat, including enhancement of field shelterbelts.

Riparian Buffer – to buffer between agricultural land and bodies of water, including floodplains and wetlands.


Shelterbelts provide many benefits including:

  • reducing wind and wind damage
  • erosion control
  • increase moisture for crop growth
  • protecting buildings
  • control and trap blowing snow
  • beautification of landscape
  • visual screening
  • provide habitat for wildlife
  • increase porperty value


It is important to plan your shelterbelt whether it be a small or large project.  Planning involves many aspects and considerations.  Please click the link below for many helpful tips and recommendations.