Note to reader, attached is a complete final report for FNE00-325
Establishment costs of a windbreak planting can vary widely depending on the intended side benefits of the windbreak planting. Hybrid poplars can provide a very economical windbreak at pennies per foot. Adding diversity, value and longevity to a tree row with walnuts, paw-paws and persimmons still keeps the total cost under a dollar per foot. A second shrub row can be added at costs ranging from $.70 to $2.27 per foot. Most shrub species with commercial value are in the range of $1.50 per foot. The orchard now planted on the downwind side of the windbreak had considerably higher cost, but should yield more valuable crops. All trees established well, but it is still too early to find out what the economic value of the crops will be, since none of the trees have started bearing yet.