As summer gets closer it is time to begin thinking about enjoying your landscaping by spending time outdoors enjoying the sun and having cookouts with friends and family. It is also the perfect time to put together a plan for the tree care and maintenance you will need once fall arrives. Let’s face it – the summer always goes by way too fast and there is no such thing as being too prepared.
While you are outdoors this summer, look around and think about where on your property you could stand to have some shade trees planted. The more mature trees you have on your property, the cooler your home is and the more energy-efficient your cooling systems are. In fact, having your home in the shade of tress for much of the day can reduce the heat on the roof of your home by several degrees, making your home much easier to keep cool.
Here are some things to keep in mind when considering planting new trees:
Size. When you buy a new tree it is small and easy to move around and lift. However, as that tree grows to full maturation it grows to be much bigger and taller. When you are considering planting a new tree and you are researching which kind of tree you want, think only of the tree’s adult size. In other words, how big is this tree going to be when it is at full maturation. This will help you to pick the right tree for your property.
Position. When you are actually planting the trees you have chosen, be mindful of which position you are planting them in, in relation to your home. In fact, you are planting these trees in an effort to add shade to your home, making it only natural that you would want to plant these trees strategically so to provide you house the most shade possible. This means planting your trees on the southwestern and western sides of your home.
Safety. No matter what reason you are digging in your yard or, how deep you will be digging into the Earth it is absolutely imperative that you call your local utility companies before you dig so that they can tell you where on your property is safe to dig. Any money you are saving on cooling costs will be put to shame by fees and fines if you accidentally dig into a power line.