Last week I enjoyed a visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a short distance from Downtown Richmond.
I met up with Tom Brinda who is a horticulturalist and assistant executive director at the Garden. He and I discussed that the fall is a perfect time to consider planting shrubs or trees and that your planting choices can even lead to energy savings.
Planting shrubs or trees can help you save on your energy bills all times of the year. Trees or shrubs that help shade the home in the summer help houses to stay cooler. In autumn, when the leaves fall, the natural sunlight is able to shine through into the home, naturally heating the home in the winter.
Trees and shrubs provide more than just shade, they beautify the homes and your neighborhoods and you are also planting the seeds of Energy Conservation.
Dominion offers other resources on how to choose, plant, and care for trees near power lines. When working outdoors and especially when digging, be sure to locate underground utilities by calling Miss Utility at 811.
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