If you’re in the process of building a new home, or are just looking to spruce things up in your yard, you may be considering the option of doing some “landscape shading”. This is a term for intentionally placing trees or other plants around your property in such a way that they reduce the amount of solar heat being absorbed by your home.

This can be very effective at reducing the energy costs of your home in the summertime, as the shade and water vapor provided by trees, particularly, can decrease temperatures significantly. However, you’ll want to do some careful planning before implementing landscape shading on your property. When certain plants are placed too close to a building, they can cause significant damage. Some root systems can damage foundations. Damaged limbs can fall on roofs. Fallen leaves can fill up gutters. As with anything, be sure to consult a professional to help you make good plans.