Your home’s landscaping is important in making a good first impression on everyone who sees it. Not only can you create the ultimate backyard getaway, but the right landscaping can also make your home more eco-friendly. Plus, the right landscaping can actually save you money in the long run. When you strategically plant trees and shrubs around your property, you reduce air conditioning and fuel costs, saving upwards of 25% in energy bills. Of course, each season brings its own unique conditions, but you can easily plan your planting schedule accordingly. Here’s how to get the most you can out of your home’s seasonal landscaping.
- Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum): This maple tree is native to North America and is generally very large, providing an amazing amount of shade in the summer and fall. They’re recommended for the autumn because of leaves turn into brilliant reds and oranges as the weather gets chillier.
- River Birch (Betula nigra): The River Birch also features amazing fall leaves, but its whitish bark adds interest to your landscaping all year round. These trees will do very well in wet areas of your landscaping.
- Blue Spruce (Picea pungens): Winter is the perfect time for your evergreen trees to shine, and the Blue Spruce is a seasonal classic. As the other trees in your yard lose their leaves, these winter staples will hold up against the wind and the snow.
- Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis): Arborvitae trees come in many different sizes and do well in creating a living privacy fence to surround your yard. While they hold up well in the winter, they form this great natural fencing year-round.
- Minnesota Strain Redbud (Cercis canadensis): In early spring this beautiful tree will bloom with pink flowers, making it the colorful envy of all of your neighbors. Its branches spread horizontally, giving a strong architectural look in your landscaping.
- Magnolia Trees (Magnolia grandifloria): These magnificent blooms become the star of your landscaping in the spring. While their blooms do not last as long as that of other trees, they are showstoppers and come in a variety of sub-species to suit your yard.
- Maidenhair Trees (Ginkgo biloba): The delicate name of these trees reflects in their interesting and fragile leave, which are a brilliant green in the summer and golden in the fall. Your summer landscaping should protect your yard and home, and these trees will certainly do so.
- Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): If your area is prone to drought, these trees are perfect as they love hot, sunny climates. They bloom in the summer when most plants have ended their colorful displays and they tend to grow very tall, providing excellent shade in the hotter months.
With some simple planning and a vision for your yard, you can impress with your landscaping in every month of the year.