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Landscaping to Keep Your Home Cool in Extreme Heat

Landscaping to Keep Your Home Cool in Extreme Heat

While air conditioning systems hum and electricity bills skyrocket, there’s a more natural and eco-friendly solution right in your backyard: landscaping. With a touch of creativity and some strategic planting, your garden can become a refreshing oasis that not only provides relief on hot summer days but also adds charm to your outdoor living space. In this article, we’ll explore simple landscaping techniques to help you beat the heat and turn your garden into a cool haven, protecting your home from extreme temperatures while boosting its visual appeal. Keep your home and outdoor living areas cool, comfortable, and stylish during those hot summer days with the following landscaping tips.

Landscaping to Keep Your Home Cool in Extreme Heat

Here’s how to use some simple landscaping techniques to keep your home cool in extreme heat.

Putting Shade Trees to Use

Shade trees are one of the easiest natural ways to break the heat and cool your home. Of course, most homeowners don’t have the time to wait for a seedling to sprout. Therefore, it’s best to just buy and carefully transplant an entire tree into the right spot for the perfect amount of shade.

Remember that you will have to leave enough room for root growth, and should ideally develop a care routine to help the tree settle into its new environment.

As a simple landscaping tip, planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to break the heat and cool your home.

Planting Hedges

It’s not just shade trees that can help to break the extreme heat. Sometimes planting hedges can also help to create a shaded area. Planting hedges on the side of your house can help to disperse some of the heat and sunlight before it gets to your home.

Hedges require some slight trimming, but it’s not as much heavy maintenance as gardeners would imagine.

Using Rock Formations

Never underestimate the amount of aesthetic appeal that rock formations could have. Not only do rock formations look great, but they can also be used to disperse heat. Depending on which type of rock gets used, it can actually absorb heat, keeping it away from your home.

As long as you think carefully about the placement and use responsibly sourced rocks, rock formations are a great landscaping tip for keeping your home cool.

Hills Can Break Heat

Raising certain parts of the garden and lowering others can achieve almost the same effect as a well-placed rock formation. Hills and other raises in the garden, if placed in the right area, can help to break the sunlight – and put the hottest parts of the home in the shade.

Hills are a great way to break heat in larger garden spaces.

Applying Shade Netting

Sometimes the easiest way to reduce energy costs and keep your home cool is by installing shade netting. Shade netting can be strategically placed to protect the most vital parts of the garden as well. Shade netting is used often for landscaping, and it can protect a garden from the cold during the winter. However, it can also be used in some ways to shade your home from the afternoon sun and keep your home cool during hot summer days.

Shade netting is one of the best and cheapest ways to keep extreme heat from harming your garden or home air conditioning unit.

Adding Water Features for the Cool Effect

Water features look cool, but that’s not the only reason landscapers should consider adding them to your outdoor landscape. Water features also have the ability to make your home much cooler as they provide a way to absorb the most intense heat away from the home. Plus, water features also offer some relief for any critters who may need access to water when passing through your garden in these extreme conditions.

Water features also fit in almost any garden, small or large, and provide a cooling breeze in your outdoor living areas.

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