Windbreak Installation Erosion Control CaliforniaA windbreak, or shelter belt, is usually made up of one or more rows of trees or shrubs planted in such a manner as to provide shelter from the wind and to protect soil from erosion. They are commonly planted around the edges of fields, farms or large developments. If designed properly, windbreaks around a home or building can reduce the cost of heating and cooling and save energy. Windbreaks are also planted to help keep snow from drifting onto roadways and even yards. Other benefits include providing habitat for wildlife and in some regions the trees are harvested for lumber.