Proper selection and placement of plants can reduce home energy consumption. Deciduous trees planted 15-25 feet away from the house on the east, south and west sides shade the roof and walls in summer, reducing surface temperatures. After the trees have dropped their leaves in fall, winter sunlight can reach the house to provide passive solar heating.
Windbreaks, mainly evergreen plantings, located four to six times their ultimate height away from the house on the north and west sides can reduce winds and winter fuel consumption. Foundation plantings also reduce winter heat loss. Vines can shade and cool house walls during summer. Maximum energy savings will not occur until your plants reach maturity. Publication G81N1178; "Designing an Energy - Efficient Home Landscaping" contains more details.
Most libraries, book stores and garden center offer a variety of publications that contain detailed construction plans and material suggestions for landscape structures. We discuss only the more common structures in this publication.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.