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Greeting windbreak growers – we love windbreaks

Fall planting season is now here and fall is the perfect time to plant trees as it give the root system time to grow and establish in the fall and then in the spring as soon as the ground thaws out the roots start to grow getting them an early start to the growing season.

Evergreens can be planted now until about Thanksgiving and deciduous (leaf) trees should be planted starting about October 1st. We treat all our evergreens with an anti-desicant to prevent any winter damage to the trees.

We can also plant your trees, but our trees are very easy to plant so many people do it themselves

Our hours this time of year are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM

Saturday 8AM to 3 PM or by appointment.

Only potted trees and shrubs are planted in the fall.

Techny Arborvitae above – We have lots of potted/bare root available this year.

Phone: 563-452-4300  or   E-mail  ktf@netins.net

This is the time to walk threw your windbreak looking for volunteer trees that are growing and competing with your windbreak trees, reducing the growth rate and eventually kill your trees. See picture above.

Best way to remove them is to cut off the undesirable trees about 6 inches from the ground and leave a flat surface and treat this area with a solution of roundup (glysophate). Do this from Oct 15th to Dec 15th for best results.  Do not cut off bad trees without treating the stumps, they will grow back twice as fast. Never use Tordon or any other product to treat the unwanted trees stumps–It will KILL your windbreak trees (see section on tree planting mistakes).  Contact us if you have questions.

This is the time of year for the overpopulation of state male deer to come to your place and KILL your trees, shown above.
First we suggest using the web site:  www.stopthedeerdamage.com this works the best year around.  You can also use expensive fences, Irish spring soap, or wrapping your trees with big bale plastic shown below.

See below for a cost estimate for a windbreak.

We accept Cash, Checks and VISA and MASTERCARD.

Kelly Tree Farm – 191 Quincy Ave. Clarence, Iowa 52216

GPS Coordinates N41 55.174′  W091 03.362′


Our spring 2017 catalogs are now available, let us know if you need one.___________________________________________________________________________________

A good way to reach us anytime of year is to E-mail us.  You can phone us or leave a message anytime.

Thank You

PH: 563-452-4300  or   E-mail   ktf@netins.net



What is a windbreakologist™?

A person who specializes in the layout, plants used, and long life design to break, block or divert the wind to any given area.


Services we provide as a windbreakologist™:

Over 40 years of experience in all aspects of windbreaks

Best placement of plants to block winds at any time of the year.

Annual rainfall and temperatures in your area of the windbreak.

Soil types and conditions in the area of your windbreak.

Govt. cost share programs available to help pay for your windbreak.

Proper trees and shrubs that will do well in your area, and have a long life.

Proper spacing of trees and shrubs to provide a long lasting windbreak.

Proper herbicides that can be used around windbreak trees and shrubs.

Control measures of unwanted animals and insects in your windbreak

Control measures of volunteer/unwanted trees and shrubs in your windbreak.

Reduction of odors by proper placement of trees and shrubs

Control of blowing snow into an area where you do not want it.

Trees/shrubs, delivery and planting of windbreaks in the Midwest—USA

UPS shipping of bare root trees and shrubs for windbreaks throughout the USA.


Survive, Thrive, Stay Alive is our motto with windbreak trees.

Survive the planting, with minimum care
Grow well “Thrive” after planting
Stay Alive with a long life.

Over 90% of the windbreaks designed and installed are done incorrectly using the wrong species or spacing.

Have your windbreak designed or if you have a plan from someone else, checked by a windbreakologist™

We can design your windbreak, provide the trees, plant and advise you on how to care for them.

We specialize in windbreaks.

Kevin Kelly–Windbreakologist

 PH: 563-452-4300—8AM-4PM–Monday-Saturday

OR  E-mail–kkelly6300@gmail.com  for questions on windbreaks.

If you want to stop by always call us first to be sure we are here and not out looking at a project.


What does it cost to put in a windbreak from Kelly Tree Farm?


Here is an estimate on an average 3 row windbreak 300 ft long.


Outside row 26 Arborvitae or Cedar spaced 12 ft apart 2 1/2 ft tall $25 each.

Middle row 16 Pine or Spruce spaced 20 ft apart 2-3 ft tall @ $25 each.

Inside row 16 pine or Spruce spaced 20 ft apart 2-3 ft tall @ $25.00 each.

Take off $2 each for over 50 price and pick them up yourself -$116.00

Total for 58 trees $1450.00 without discount + sales tax of 7%


Our trees are easy to plant, with a hole 14″ wide by 12″ deep, and many people do it themselves but if you want us to do: Layout, Planting, Provide chemical weed control for 58 trees @ $14 each for a total of $812.00 + sales tax of 7% and mileage to your place and back @ .90 per mile


In Iowa we have two different cost share programs to help pay for your windbreak.  One is the REAP program, available to sign up at the NRCS office in your county.  Maximum amount available is $1500.00 per windbreak.

In all states is the CRP potted shelterbelt program which will pay up to $3200.00  for your new windbreak.  Both programs shown above are available at the Farm Service Agency in your county, look under US Government in the phone book to see where they are located at.


With or without cost share programs, a windbreak is not an expensive  project and will pay you back for the next 100 years, plus no additional property tax on windbreaks.


We have over 20 thousand of your favorite potted windbreak/shade trees/shrubs available for spring planting.


We design windbreaks, and ship bare root plants in the springtime, throughout the US for windbreaks we also plant windbreaks throughout the Midwest of the US.

We accept Cash, Checks and Visa and MasterCard.

Kelly Tree Farm, 191 Quincy Ave. Clarence IA 52216 – PH: 563-452-4300 –


Our windbreaks win awards!

Brad and Patty Manuel from Olin, IA with their state award from the Iowa Soil and Water Districts for Best Windbreak in the state of Iowa.  We planned, provided and planted the trees for this windbreak in 2001.


Ryan and Lana Reed from Ottumwa, Iowa on their 2012 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards award.  We helped with the design and provided the trees for this project.  Ryan and Lana did all the planting and weed control.  Read the story and see the video on our Livestock Buildings page.


Growing up in the windswept plains of Iowa I saw the effects of wind and how a row or several rows of trees completely changed the environment that we lived in, especially in the winter, but also at other times of the year.

We have been growing and planting windbreaks in the Midwest for over 40 years and believe we have the knowledge to provide you with the best windbreak trees that will survive in your area.

Many times people will sell any kind of evergreen and call it a windbreak, but after a few years the tree does poorly or does not survive at all.

We are here to provide you with the knowledge that comes with over 40 years of work in this area, when you are ready to plant a windbreak, we are here to help you get it done and done right.


  1. To protect the people and animals from cold winter winds by reducing wind velocities by-up-to 90%.
  2. Prevent large amounts of snow from drifting by catching it inside and directly behind the windbreak and melting it slowly as it soaks into the ground and does not run off.
  3. Reduces the costs of heating and cooling your home by 25% or more by reducing wind velocity.
  4. Protect the home, business, or farm buildings from windstorms that can come at any time of the year.
  5. Reduce traffic dust and other noises from nearby roads and fields.
  6. Reduce the effects of hot drying summer winds, the trees act like air conditioners as they transpire and have a cooling effect on the immediate area.
  7. Provides a better working and living condition with more productivity for persons inside the windbreak as a result of reduced winter winds.
  8. Will attract game and songbirds and other wildlife all times of the year, especially in the winter.
  9. Will help beautify the overall landscape around the area and make it a better place to work and play along with an increase in the total value of the windbreak protected area.
  10. Protects growing plants and trees by lowering evaporation rates resulting in an increase in growth and plant quality.

Proper design of your windbreak must be carefully considered. Negative effects of poorly placed or improper trees can be eliminated by proper forethought. They must be able to withstand extreme cold, strong winds, poor soils and periods of drought. Not many trees are able to grow well under these conditions, so we encourage you to contact us, for our experience in this field is extensive and we do serve the entire United States.

Wind chill temperature is defined as that temperature in calm air which provides the same chilling effect on a person as that for a particular combination of temperature and wind. The chart below allows you to estimate the wind chill temperature for a variety of temperature and wind speeds. For example, if the temperature is 10° F and wind speed 25 MPH do the following: 1) find 10° F on the top row, 2) read down to the row with 25 MPH, and 3) read the number in the intersection. In this example, the figure is -11° F.

As the old saying goes its not the cold, it’s the wind that effects us the most. The reduction of wind velocity makes living for ourselves, our animals and anything else, inside this protected area a much more pleasant experience.

Example of a proper Windbreak DesignWindBreak Layout