Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Landscaping Is Cool!

Darin Brockelbank
Outdoor Living Expert
Metro GreenScape, Inc
13601 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28278

Landscaping isn’t always just for show. A well-designed landscape will not only add beauty to your yard but it also can reduce your cooling costs. Sound far-fetched? Let me explain!

Every day, that sun is beating down on you and your home. The rays of the sun are absorbed through windows and roofs, making your home hotter and making your cooling costs rise. You can diminish your summer heating costs by populating your lawn with shade trees. They don’t have to be gigantic, they can be simple bushes or trees that block the sun from heating up your first floor or second floor windows.

Shading and evapotranspiration* from trees will lower surrounding temperatures as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit! Because cooler air moves lower to the ground, the air underneath your trees will be sometimes as much as 20 degrees cooler! Imagine what that can mean in a Charlotte August! Trees often tend to keep moisture under their canopies as well, so while it might be a tad more humid, your grass will survive a blistering drought better then your neighbors. Shrubs, and ground cover plants can also shade the ground and pavement, reducing heat in the air before it reaches your home.

Now to use shade trees properly, you should consult with an landscape expert about size, location, shape and most importantly – type of tree! There are several different types of tree that will work for any home in any region, but you should find the proper one for your land.

To help with your heating costs, trees and bushes can be a buffer from the elements too. Heavy winds sometimes pull out the heat from a home, and trees can act as extra protection during wicked winters.
So landscaping is... a very cool GREEN solution !
Now is the time to develop your landscape plan for the next year. Contact Metro GreenScape at 704.504.0980 to schedule your appointment today.
*Evapotranspiration: the million dollar word of the day for the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor)

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