Best Windbreak Trees in 2020
Larimer County Colorado
I contacted Mike Hughes, Forester with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and the following is his reply:
“As for evergreens to plant in a windbreak on the front range, I would suggest Austrian or Ponderosa Pine as well as Colorado Blue Spruce. Scotch pine is also a possibility. Rocky Mountain Juniper is an excellent choice. I would NOT plant Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, or White Pine. None of them would do well in our climate and in our soils.
Zimmerman Moth and bark beetles will always be around, but none are at an epidemic stage and pose no significant problem.”
You may also want to consider purchasing seeding trees from the CSFS Seedling Tree Nursery, 3843 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins: https://csfs.colostate.edu/seedling-tree-nursery/
Additional publications and resources can be found on the CSFS website: https://csfs.colostate.edu/search/?cx=001074770120494240330%253Amotxvyunwdo&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=windbreakBest of luck!