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Plant New Trees And Save On HVAC Costs Throughout The Year

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By planting a few trees in the yard, you can decrease your home's HVAC costs and protect your home from extreme weather elements throughout the year. Not only can your new trees help to cut your air conditioning expenses by up to 30 percent, but they'll decrease your heating costs by up to 50 percent too. Your trees may even increase your property value by anywhere from 10 to 20 percent! This possible because trees provide a natural barrier between your home and outdoor elements that can affect interior temperatures. Here's how to put new trees to work for you:

Choosing New Trees to Plant in the Yard

Deciduous trees are the best option for temperature management indoors, because they provide excellent protection year-round – they're full of leaves in the summer to shade your home from the heat of the sun, and they lose their leaves during winter months so the sun can naturally heat things up. Most deciduous trees are low maintenance, although you'll want to have a professional trim them once a year as they grow to ensure that their branches don't interfere with your home structure or landscaping. There are a variety of beautiful options to choose from including the following:

  • Red maple.
  • Sweet gum.
  • River birch.
  • European beech.
  • Weeping willow.
  • Bald cypress.

When picking out trees at your local nursery, check their root systems to ensure that they're thriving by gently lifting one end of their pots to look underneath. You should find succulent roots that have fleshy, moist tips. If a tree's roots are dry and brittle, it may not root well at home, so skip it and choose another option.

Finding a Location for Your New Trees

Tree location will play a major role in the effectiveness of your new trees. Planting your trees in front of any windows that get direct sunlight during the day is a great option to start with as they'll keep harmful UV rays and unwanted heat from entering directly through the windows and into your home. Consider planting trees in one or more of the following areas too:

  • Near the entrance of southwest, east, and west facing doorways.
  • Windows that face east and west, even if they don't get direct sunlight.
  • Around any decks that reflect sunlight into your home during the day.

It's important to know how large your trees will be once they mature before planting them on your property. This will allow you to plant them far enough away from your home that their branches won't hit the roof if they fall off once they're full grown.

Properly Planting Your New Trees

Once you have chosen your new trees and brought them home, it's important to get them planted as soon as possible to maximize their chance to thrive quickly. After choosing where to plant the trees, simply dig holes that are big enough to comfortably house the trees' entire root systems. To plant each tree in their chosen holes, follow these steps:

  • Secure the tree upright in the hole using your hands and lightly fill the hole in with your choice of gardening soil until it can stand upright on its own.
  • Water the tree and then place more soil around its trunk to create a small supportive mound around it.
  • Water the tree again until the soil is slight damp, and then again once every few days as it grows.

Each tree's trunk should be completely exposed above the hole after being planted. It's helpful to apply all-purpose fertilizer around your new trees once every few months until they mature to ensure proper growth and healthy leaves. All that's left to do is watch them grow.

These insights should help you create a beautiful yard that increases curb appeal, saves you money year-round, and helps you maintain an optimal property value as time goes on.  

For more information and assistance with caring for the trees, talk with local tree services or visit websites like http://www.schulhofftlc.com.

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7 April 2016