When the outside temperature is hot, it’s easy to spend more money just keeping the home cool so, it’s good to look for some other ways of cooling the home. One way is with landscape shading which includes the careful positioning of trees or shrubs so that they provide shade to the home. This has been known to reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit. If you feel this would be a good idea for your home, what are some things you should know beforehand?
Obviously, for a tree to provide shade to a certain area of the home you need to plant them in just the right place, so careful planning is essential. Another important factor is choosing which trees to use, the bigger the tree will become and how dense it is, the more shade you will get. You should also think about whether or not you want the area shaded all year round. If you want the home to benefit from the suns heat in the winter, choose deciduous trees which provide the maximum shade in the summer but, lose their leaves in the winter allowing sunlight to come through.
As we are aware, trees can take a long time to grow. If you want something that will grow quickly, vines are a good choice. You can grow them in planter boxes and train them to wrap around a trellis etc. These are good because as well as providing shade, they also allow a breeze to go through. If you want something to shade a driveway or pathway, you might also want to consider using shrubs.
When planning your landscape and the extra trees that will be needed, think about your particular property and the surrounding areas and make sure you won’t be producing too much extra moisture which may cause certain issues. It’s also important to be aware that you might not see any savings at first with the extra cost of the trees.