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My neighbors have horses, and I need to create a wind break of sorts to control dust from their pasture. Please advise regarding trees shrubs I can plant close to fenceline for windbreak that the horses won't eat.

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The following is a link to a Utah Forest Fact Sheet on Windbreak Benefits and Design http://extension.usu.edu/forestry/Reading/Assets/PDFDocs/NR_FF/NRFF005.pdf


Listed in the publication are some plants you might consider for the windbreak

Evergreen Trees
Junipers
Pines

Deciduous Trees
Honeylocust (Gleditsis tricanthos)
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
Ashes (Fraxinus spp.)

Shrubs
Sumacs (Rhus spp.)
Shrub roses
Silver Buffaloberry
Lilacs

I would suggest choosing diverse planting versus choosing only one plant, since that could cause problems if a plant disease hits one plant, the other plants of the same species are susceptible, and a diverse planting with different heights can be more effective with different heights and textures to augment dust control.

Posted on 11 Jun 2008

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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