The majority of homeowners are looking to save money on energy costs. Trying to keep a home cool during the warm summer months can greatly increase energy usage so, what could help to reduce those costs and at the same time be beneficial to the environment? This is where landscape shading can play a role. Landscape shading is when trees and shrubs are planted around a property and placed in areas that provide shade to the home from the hot sun. Doing this can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
What types of trees would be best for landscape shading? A vital first step is to plan well. Think about the size of the trees you will plant and their shape to determine how much shadow will be cast on the home and when. Remember too, that the density of the tree or shrub will determine how much continuous shade you will get. If you want less shade through the winter months then it would be better to use deciduous trees whose leaves will provide shade during the summer but fall off in the winter allowing the sun’s heat to reach the home.
Vines are another choice that work well for shading walls as they will grow faster. You can use them to grow around a trellis or even place them in a planter box. These not only provide needed shade, but they will also allow a breeze to come through. If you are looking to shade driveways and pathways, shrubs are another good option.
Before you go ahead and use landscape shading for your home, however, it’s important to think about your property and its surrounding area to make sure you won’t increase moisture-related problems in your home by planting extra trees. You should also bear in mind that you are likely to spend a lot more than you save at first due to the cost of certain trees and shrubs.