Lately I’ve been watching DIY type shows, helping generate ideas for how I want to landscape my yard in the spring.
Style, patterns, flower bed locations, and proper water runoff are all important, but one thing you might add to your list: shade. Confused as to how shading becomes important? Depending on how you execute your landscaping, there is money to be saved.
One of the best shade providers are deciduous trees (leafy in summer, bare in winter). They provide wonderful shade for your home in summer but allow the sun to help warm your home in winter. Plant these trees on the south and west sides of your house to use them to their fullest.
According to the Department of Energy, a well-placed tree, shrub, or vine can:
- deliver effective shade.
- act as a windbreak.
- reduce your energy bills - up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses for energy.
The extra shade the trees can provide can help your HVAC use less energy to cool your home in the summer, since the air the unit is bringing in has already cooled by a few degrees.
So while you’re planning out your backyard oasis, consider planting some deciduous trees!