When designing a beautiful outdoor space for your home, should aesthetics be the only concern? A well-thought-out landscape can be, not just beautiful to look at, but can also work for you by helping to save you money. How can it do that? One way is with landscape shading. This is a method that places trees and shrubs in areas that provide shading to parts of the home that see the most sun. When done properly, you could see a reduction of indoor temperatures by as much as 9 degrees which will make a big difference on a hot day.
How can landscape shading be done successfully? The key is knowing the exact location to plant the tree so that it will provide maximum shade during the hottest time of the day, this requires a great deal of forethought and strategic planning. Another important factor is the kind of trees and shrubs you use. For example, if you want as much shade as possible during the hot months, you should select a dense tree. If you want shade during the summer but also want to enjoy the heat of the sun in the winter, opt for deciduous trees as they will lose their leaves during the cold months.
It is true that it will be some time before newly planted trees and shrubs will achieve their full height so if you do decide to incorporate landscape shading into your design, be aware that it may take some time to enjoy the full benefits. For those of you who would prefer more immediate results, a good option is vines. These can be grown on a trellis or around fencing and provide a good amount of shade in a much quicker time frame.
If you are designing an outdoor space for your home, why not incorporate landscape shading, it may save you money on cooling and heating costs.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector