What is the best design for a windbreak? The answer to that question depends on the intended purpose of the windbreak, and the characteristics of the site where the windbreak will be located.
Windbreaks can be planted to enhance wildlife, provide snow protection for humans and livestock, provide wind protection to dwellings in both winter and summer, prevent soil erosion by wind from farm fields, reduce water runoff from agricultural lands, or provide additional income. The final design of the windbreak should be based on objectives determined for your individual site.
Several great University of Nebraska publications are available providing guidance to design your windbreak and manage it for years to come.