Content tagged "shade"

What is the minimum number of trees needed in my landscape to provide energy conservation benefits?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Each yard is unique in its orientation to the summer sun, winter winds and spaces available for planting trees. In some situations, your neighbor's trees may...

Can trees negatively affect energy consumption for heating and cooling?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees too close to your home can produce unwanted shade that will decrease sunlight, prevent ice from melting on pavements, and increase heating costs during...

Is there a specific type of tree that is good to plant for energy conservation?

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Different types of trees can help to conserve energy in different ways. Deciduous trees (trees that lose all of their leaves each fall) save energy in summer...

How does urban forestry relate to energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

When strategically placed, trees can conserve energy by reducing energy demands. Trees are great evapotranspiration "engines," literally cooling the air...

Windbreaks for Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 01, 2015

 People go to great lengths to conserve energy in this era of tight budgets and environmental awareness. However, many do not realize that the simple act of...

What type of canopy/tree species are required to grow ginseng, goldenseal, and/or black cohosh?

Forest Farming Updated: November 12, 2014

Assuming the species in question are ginseng, goldenseal, and black cohosh, look for a stand of mature hardwoods — typically beech, birch, maple, tulip...

What is a microclimate?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 08, 2013

A microclimate is created in a relatively small area where environmental conditions may be warmer or cooler than in the general surrounding area. For...

How close can I plant shrubs to my air conditioning unit?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 10, 2013

Close enough for shade, but far enough for free air movement and easy access is the common recommendation.  It may be easier to get shade on the AC unit with...

Is there a ground cover that will grow in a shaded, damp area? All we have now is moss.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 24, 2012

As you have discovered, it is very difficult to have a healthy lawn in a shady, poorly drained area, and a suitable ground cover is a good idea. The presence...

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