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Tree Planting Tips

Did you know proper placement of shade trees can reduce air conditioner use and lead to significant cash savings? Large, deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of your home will provide cooling shade in the summer, and won’t obstruct the low winter sun.

Tree species with round, horizontal oval and vase-shaped crowns when mature offer the best shading potential. High, wide-crowned deciduous trees provide the best shade.

You should always consider the ultimate size of the tree when choosing the type of tree to plant. Trees should be planted 25 to 35 feet from the area to be shaded.

Before digging, always remember to call Digger’s Hotline at 811. Trees should not be planted near underground pipelines or wires, septic tanks or overhead utility lines. Do not plant a large tree closer than 5 feet from a driveway or sidewalk; it could eventually push up the concrete.

Relative shade value of deciduous trees
  • High - Maple, Horse-chestnut. Hackberry, Beech, Green Ash, Walnut Yellow Poplar, Sycamores
  • Medium – European Birch, Crabapple, Sweetgum, Oaks, Littleleaf Linden, Kentucky Coffeetree, Cottonwoods, Elms
  • Low – Hickories, Catalpa, Ginkgo, Locusts, Goldenraintree, Quaking Aspen, Pears, Washington Hawthorn
Trees cool better than man-made structures because not only are the rays of the sun blocked, but water is added to the air through transpiration.

Other Benefits of trees
  • Improve the appearance of the home
  • Help absorb noise
  • Provide privacy and protection
  • Divide grounds into several use areas
  • Serve as natural air filters
  • Serve as windbreakers
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