Bamboo makes an excellent windbreak.
If designed properly, windbreaks around a home can reduce the cost of heating and cooling and save energy.
Field windbreaks can reduce wind speed in open fields, preventing soil erosion and protecting adjacent crops from wind damage.
The thicker the depth of a grove of bamboos the better the reduction in wind force is provided.
Bamboo is a very flexible plant that will bend and sway in the strongest wind speeds with only the very youngest culms suffering damage. They are likely to bend in the wind as opposed to blowing over.
At our location we can get up to 100 mph winds and our oldhamii bamboo has created an effective wind screen for our property. Our bamboo groves create a hedgerow effect which protects our avocado orchard from both cold temperatures from the canyon below and wind.