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Backyard Conservation is provided by NRCS.  Learn what conservation practices you can implement at your urban or rural residence!  Practices such as tree planting, mulching, composting and back yard wetland, and more can be found here.  Learn how to build a backyard pond, or build a wildlife habitat in your backyard. 

How Windbreaks Work
As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the windward side (the side toward the wind), and large quantities of air move up and over the top or around the ends.

Windbreak Effectiveness
A windbreak’s effectiveness is determined by:

Height, Width, Density, Species Composition, Orientation, Length, and Continuity.

Windbreaks are most effective when oriented at right angles to prevailing winds.


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Field Windbreaks
Windbreaks for Livestock
Windbreak Establishment
Windbreak Maintenance and Renovation
Windbreaks for Wildlife
Windbreaks and Snow Management
Trees and Energy


Call before you dig!  Use

South Dakota One Call to

locate underground utilities BEFORE you dig. 

Following the One Call procedure works to reduce damages to underground infrastructure, helps to en-

sure public and worker safety, and protects the integrity of the utility services.

Additional Tree Information: 

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"The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself."

                      Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937

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Fabric Girdling ~

If you have fabric on your tree sites, you

need to walk along the site to check each

tree or shrub.  If the fabric is too close

(girdling) to the tree, it will do harm and

can  affect the growth of the tree. even kill it.  An additional slit in the fabric needs to

be made to accommodate any new growth.  This should be checked every year until the fabric is no longer viable.  If you do not

 have time to do this yourself, please

contact us, as we may be able to help you out.  Also available is a Fabric Ripper for purchase.  This is a great tool to reach under and pull the fabric away from the tree. We now offer "tree saver" fabric, a new product.  This fabric was created to breakdown much faster than the original  fabric, thus saving the labor of cutting slits in the future. 

For Information about the Emerald Ash Borer click here

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