Landscaping Tips

For Cooling

  • Tall deciduous trees (those with leaves and branches) planted to the south of your home will provide maximum summertime roof shading while allowing sunlight to filter through during winter months.
  • A 6-to-8 foot leafy (deciduous) tree planted near your home will begin shading windows the first year.
  • Lower trees work better placed to the west, where shading is needed from afternoon sun.
  • Never plant tall trees, or hedges in spots where they will grow into overhead power lines.
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Planting Trees for Energy Efficiency

For Winter Protection

  • Dense evergreen trees and shrubs planted to the north and northwest of your home make an excellent windbreak.
  • For maximum protection, plant your windbreak at a distance from your home of two-to-five times the mature height of the trees.
  • Trees, bushes and shrubs may be planted together to block winds from ground level to the treetops.


  • Planting shrubs, bushes and vines next to your house creates dead air spaces that insulate your home in winter and summer.
  • Make sure to allow at least 1 foot of space between full-grown plants and the walls of your home.

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