Windbreaks or shelterbelts can be used to protect homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and rural residents in a windy, hot, or open field region. A properly designed tree windbreak or shelterbelt can provide protection for crops, orchards, and livestock. A windbreak can also mean significant energy savings for heating a rural residence.
Drip irrigation systems can help establish successful tree plantings and help them become effective windbreaks at an earlier date than non-irrigated trees. Drip irrigation installed for windbreaks can have the following benefits:
Water Efficiency: By applying water only where and when it is needed, with less runoff and less evaporation from leaves and soil, the uniform application of water from drip irrigation systems can achieve high water savings and faster plant growth.
Ease of Installation: The system can be installed without special tools or glue, and with limited knowledge, making the installation a very simple process.
Reduced Pest Problems and Weed Growth: Watering only the roots of your trees with drip irrigation cuts down on water-borne pests and fungal diseases that spread by water movement, as well as the germination of weeds in the area between your trees.
Versatility: Drip irrigation systems are designed for placement in both new shrubs and trees and existing areas, and are ideal for installation on difficult terrain such as on slopes, in oddly shaped areas, and on windy sites.
Root Zone: One benefit of a drip irrigation system is the creation of a totally new and more favorable root zone environment because of the maintenance of a relatively constant soil moisture level. This has important implications for trees' water requirements, tolerance, and control of disease.