We have experienced some very warm days this summer, to say the least. The average high temperature in central Ohio from June 1st until July 15th was over 88⁰ F! These temperatures are warm no matter where you live. During the hot days of summer there are a few ways to combat the heat. Most of us rely on air conditioners and drinking plenty of water, but planting trees on the south and west sides of your house can help create a comfortable living environment.
Reduce Cooling Costs
The use of large, properly pruned and maintained, shade trees on the south and west facing sides of your home can lower the temperature of your home as well as your electrical bills! Shade trees such as Oaks, Maples, Sycamores, and many others, create a canopy that absorbs the sun’s direct rays. This system is great for both your home as well as the trees. Trees need that sunlight to keep growing, and you are protected from the intense heat.
Better Lawn Care
Other areas of your landscape also benefit from the shade of the trees. Plants of the lower canopy are also protected from the sun, including your lawn. Many lawns in Ohio have gone dormant because of the lack of water and direct heat, but if you look to areas that are shaded, many of those areas have been able to hang on because their soils have not been completely depleted of moisture!
The Future of Your Lawn & Tree Care
Planning for the future is something we do everyday. College savings accounts, grocery lists, weekend plans are all ways that we prepare for the future. Consider planting some nice shade trees on the southern and western sides of your home this fall to reduce future electric bills and headaches!
Guest Author: Andrew Muntz received his Master’s of Science in Turfgrass science and his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Horticulture at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH.