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Here is some good information that came from my work EZ news that I thought I would share.
Making your home look more appealing on the outside by planting trees and other native landscaping can also improve efficiency on the inside. For best results, get local when selecting vegetation. Local experts will know which trees, shrubs or native plants will work best for your landscaping needs. Here are a few additional tips to consider this spring.
1. Plan with safety in mind. When planning your project, locate all utility lines above and below ground. Mature trees need space above for branches and below for their large root structures. Call 811 to have underground lines marked before you dig. It will help you avoid injury, service outages and costly repairs.
2. Made in the shade. Identify walls that tend to get the most sun. These will typically be the south, east and west sides of your home. By planting green leafy trees that will block the sun at its hottest, you can keep your home cooler in the summer.
3. Cut down on harsh winds. Dense evergreen trees and bushes planted on the north and northwest sides of your home can help to reduce the force of the wind on your walls and limit any air that may be leaking in. They can also provide a buffer as you head in and out of your home.
4. Less water. Less maintenance. More efficiency. Shrubs and groundcover plants protect the ground around your home and reduce heat buildup on your outside walls. But, landscaping with native plants offers even greater benefits, like:
· Less watering. Native plants are accustomed to rainfall, humidity and weather of the region.
· No fertilizer. Again, these native plants are naturally capable of thriving in the local environment.
· No pesticides. Native plants tend to attract native insects that will help keep away other insects that may pose a threat.
Living in a brick home our garage attached to the west side of the house was always extremely hot in the summer. By planting a couple different lilac bushes on the west side has greatly reduced the summertime temperature inside the garage. Someday these other two trees may provide a little more shade for our home and the driveway.
This Mother's Day weekend I planted a small pine tree. It was given to my wife (a second grade teacher) when she took her class on a field trip to Nebraska City to the Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure.
Right or wrong I always plant and trim so the branches don't interfere with the mowing. also consider leaves getting into your gutters.