We here at Root’s Nurseries are crazy about shade trees. When you incorporate shade trees in your Landisville home landscaping, you can enjoy not just great looking foliage but some other great other many benefits as well. We thought we would share a few of our favorite facts about shade trees and what wonders they can provide for you and your landscape.
Large shade trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home create soothing shade from the hot summer sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35%. And, less fossil fuel is consumed by your air conditioning in order to create the energy, meaning less carbon dioxide emissions!
Regularly pruned branches can prevent blockage to desirable views of the outdoors while still shading your home.
- Plant shade trees over your patio and driveway to help keep your blacktop or cement from producing additional heat around the home.
- Plant shade trees to shade your air conditioner and keep it cooler to run more efficiently.
- Shade trees, specifically larger ones can even help cut down on noise pollution depending on their placement.
At Root’s Nurseries we know what types of trees not only provide the best shade but also those that thrive best in our Pennsylvania climate.
Types of Shade Trees
Maples. Sugar maples and red maples are gorgeous in the fall. Their root systems tend to be a bit shallower than other trees, so you should watch where you plant them. But maples will grow anywhere from 40 feet to 70 feet.
Oaks. They will last you for several generations, if not longer, and they can grow 70+ feet. And, a Red Oak tree will grow fairly quickly in the right conditions.
Elms. These trees live for a long time, and they can grow up to 50 feet in height. Lacebark elms will tolerate a wide variety of soils.
Shade Trees for Our Region
According to energy.gov, Pennsylvania is part of the Cool Region; which is hard to believe with the hot, humid summers we get! They recommend shade trees in order to protect key areas of the home from direct summer sunlight. They also recommend allowing winter sun to reach south-facing windows but to use dense windbreaking trees to also protect the home from cold winter winds.
Your Home’s Microclimate
A microclimate is the climate immediately surrounding your home. When landscaping for energy efficiency, it’s important to consider your microclimate as well. And, the experts at Root’s Nurseries know exactly what to look for. Sun, shade, bodies of water and other features like patios and driveways are all taken into consideration when determining what will grow best where.