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SIOUX COUNTY WINDBREAK SPECIFICATIONS

 

DISTRICT COST-SHARE POLICY 

The District’s cost-share policy encourages more effective windbreaks for energy savings, wind reduction, snow deposition and wildlife cover.  Windbreaks must consist of at least 3 rows, and one of the rows must be a conifer.  If a conifer is not suitable, it can be substituted with 2 rows of deciduous trees or shrubs.  Species variety is encouraged throughout the windbreak.  There is no cost-share on all varieties of Lilac, Amur Maple, Scotch Pine, Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, and Green Ash. 

The cost-share rate is 75% from REAP funds.  The maximum total cost per plant the District will cost-share on is $30 for conifers, $20 for broadleaf trees and $10 for shrubs.  You may purchase higher priced windbreak stock, but the District will not cost-share above these prices. Trees can be purchased at any nursery.  There is no cost-share on labor or rented equipment.  The minimum cost-share payment which can be received is $100 and the maximum cost-share payment is $1,600.                       

All windbreaks must be planted according to your windbreak plan.  Any changes must receive prior approval before planting.  Trees must be ordered by March 1 and planted by May 15.  Bills must be in the office and all cost-share forms must be signed by June 1.  Bills must be an original (no copies or faxes) and contain only trees and shrubs listed on the windbreak plan.

Weed control is mandatory and part of your maintenance agreement for cost-share. It is recommended that you spread mulch material such as wood chips in a 3-4 foot wide radius around the tree at a depth of 3-6 inches.  This will reduce weed competition, and reduce the potential of mower damage to the trunk.  Avoid having the mulch in direct contact with the trunk. 

SPACING

 
Within Row Spacings:   
Shrubs: 3 - 6 ft
Deciduous Trees: 8 – 20 ft
Conifers: 16 – 30 ft
 
Between Row Spacings:
Shrubs: 10 - 12 ft
Deciduous: 12 - 20 ft
Conifers: 16 – 30 ft

 

LIVESTOCK EXCLUSION

Keep all livestock out of the windbreak.  All manure runoff must be diverted from the windbreak.

WATERING

Newly planted trees must be watered a minimum of one year after planting.  Water needs of a tree depend on rainfall and soil conditions.  In general, a newly planted tree requires one inch of   moisture every 7-10 days.  If an inch of rain has not been received in a 2 week period, water each tree 3 to 5 gallons.  In the fall, continue watering until the soil freezes.   Over watering (every day) can actually kill a tree.

MISCELLANEOUS

If seeding a sod forming grass such as bluegrass or brome grass, placing mulch around the trees is recommended.
It is recommended to seed the windbreak to Timothy grass at 4 lbs. per acre.
It is recommended to remove old trees and fall plow prior to the spring planting of your windbreak.

                                                                 

 
 

 

 

USDA Service Center will be instituting locked door policies, with no public access to USDA offices at this time. 

 

 Please contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Sioux County Soil and Water Conservation District at 712-737-2253 EXT. 3 if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment.