Looks like for the second time in about a week we’ll be dealing with 110 plus temps the next few days. This is not all that uncommon for us but it still isn’t very comfortable. Comfort won’t be found in your energy bill that is coming either I’d guess. Did you know you can save a minimum of $57 on your A/C bill (just part of your electricity usage) by planting trees and shading your house Here is an article from the Rosie On The House Newsletter that explains it:*Plant a tree to shade your house – Fall is a great tree planting season in Arizona, and trees around your home really can save energy, according to the National Forest Service. The NFS did a computer simulation based on the premise that a typical energy efficient home in the Southwest spends about $250 a year on air conditioning. (For many of us in Arizona, it can be a lot more.) But shade from two 25-foot tall trees on the west side of the house plus one 25-footer on the east side will save $57 a year or 23 percent of that cost. Trees on the west side do the best job of blocking the hot afternoon sun. Trees on the south side cast shadows on a house in mid-morning and early afternoon; trees on the east side cast shadows only in the morning. The taller the tree, the larger the shadow. Plant the trees from 10 to 40 feet from your house. Any closer and the roots might endanger your walls or plumbing. Be very careful not to plant an invasive tree that takes over your yard.
Come on in to our Shaded Landscape and Gardening Centre and we can show you some fast growing shade, money saving trees! We can also come to your house for a FREE Harper Boys Landscape Evaluation and help you pick the right tree for the right place to maximize shade,beauty, and create the garden of your dreams!