Most homeowners want to save money on energy costs.  Keeping a home cool in the warm summer months can greatly increase energy usage so, what can help reduce these costs while at the same time help the environment?  This is where landscape shading plays a part.  Landscape shading is the planting of trees and shrubs around a property placed in such a way so as to provide shade to the home from the hot sun.  This could reduce the indoor temperature by as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, what types of trees would be best for landscape shading?  Firstly, its very important to plan well for this.  Look at the size of the trees you will plant and the shape to determine how much shadow will be cast on the home and when.  Also remember that the denser the tree or shrub, the more continuous shade you will get.  If you want less shade during the winter months then its best to use deciduous trees whose leaves will shade in the summer and fall off in the winter allowing the suns heat to reach the home. 

Vines can also work well for shading walls as they will grow quicker.  You could use them to grow around a trellis or even place them in a planter box.  These will not only provide shade but also allow a breeze to come through.  Shrubs are another good option for providing shade to driveways and pavements.

Before deciding to use landscape shading for your home it’s important to think about your property and surrounding area and make sure you wont increase moisture related issues in your house by planting extra trees.  Also keep in mind that you might spend a lot more than you save initially with the cost of certain trees and shrubs. 

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