Windbreaks & Large Plantings

Windbreaks & Large Plantings

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District is committed to helping district residents and landowners see the benefits available through windbreak planting. That’s why we offer low cost trees, planning and planting services. Orders are collected November 1 through March 30 and trees arrive in mid-April, just in time for spring.  

There are cost-share funds available through the district’s Land Treatment Program for qualifying landowners for the installation or renovation of a windbreak, as well as for the installation of weed barrier fabric mulch around a new planting.

Get started by completing this form or sending an email to Questions? Feel free to give us a call at (402) 362-6601.

2022 Pricing

  • Trees only: $1.18/tree 
  • Trees and installation: $2.36/tree
  • Fabric: $0.85 per linear foot + tax 

Spacing Guidelines for Windbreaks

Windbreak Position Windbreak Component

In-Row Spacing
Between Trees (ft)

Between Row
Spacing (ft)

Windward Rows (Rows 1 or 2) Eastern red cedar, Rocky Mountain Juniper, arborvitae 8-12 14-24
Leeward Rows (Rows 3+) Eastern red cedar, Rocky Mountain Juniper, arborvitae 10-14 14-24
Windward Rows (Rows 1 or 3) Pines 10-14 16-24
Leeward Rows (Rows 3+) Pines 12-18 16-24
Windward Rows (Rows 1 or 2) Spruce and Fir 10-16 16-24
Leeward Rows (Rows 3+) Spruce, Fir, and Cypress 16-20 16-24
Leeward Rows (Rows 3+) Low broadleaf trees less than (<) 20 ft. tall 8-14 14-24
Leeward Rows (Rows 3+) Medium-to-tall broadleaf trees greater than (>) 20 ft tall 12-20 20-24
Windward or Leeward Rows Shrubs less than (<) 10 ft tall 3-6 12-18
Windward or Leeward Rows Shrubs greater than (>) 10 ft tall 5-10 12-18
Twin Row High Density Eastern red cedar, Rocky Mountain juniper, or moderately-dense to dense shrubs Varies by species, 3-14 ft 6-10


Additional Resource: Farmstead and Feedlot Windbreaks

District Forester Kyle Yrkoski is ready to help!

Kyle Yrkoski, district forester