Planting windbreaks can be a great addition to any property. They can help prevent soil erosion, protect crops from wind damage, provide shelter for livestock, increase biodiversity and reduce evaporation from dams. Planting trees along waterways is particularly valuable as wildlife habitat. Riparian strips have other important benefits such as protecting the waterways from excessive sediment and nutrients, and protecting the banks from erosion. Vegetation acts as a filter, trapping sediments and reducing pollution of the water from sprays and fertilizers.
If you live in town, planting trees happens to be a smart economic decision. Trees increase property values and can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs if placed carefully. They also help to reduce air pollution, improve soil and water quality, provide valuable habitat for local wildlife and shield living areas from noisy neighbours.