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A growing trend among homeowners is trying to find ways to make their homes more sustainable and energy-efficient. One of the newest ways is by modifying their landscape, particularly in making smart use of tree type and placement.

We at Timber Works Tree Care know the importance trees have to the safety and integrity of a home. That’s why we are among the best affordable tree care service providers in Winchester, VA, as well as across Northern Virginia. Our deep knowledge and experience of trees come from working in multiple areas of the industry and ensures we always perform to our clients’ satisfaction. 

Here’s what you should know about having shade trees in your yard:

How Rapid-Growing Shade Trees Save Energy

Natural light from the sun is beneficial to us and our environment. It grows our food, lights our homes during the day, keeps us warm, and acts as a sustainable energy source for those with a solar energy system installed in their homes. 

However, it’s easy to forget the implications a sunny day has on the efficiency of our homes, especially during the warmer months of the year. During this time, we use up large amounts of energy through our air conditioning systems. 

One solution to this is suitably planting trees that rapidly grow and are of a species that provides excellent shade for you and your home. 

Even a small amount of sunlight being blocked from your windows and the exterior of your home will decrease the amount of heat absorbed. 

This keeps your house naturally cooler and allows you to be less reliant on your air-conditioner, making your home more energy-efficient. 

List of Similar Trees to Plant

With the knowledge that planting just the right trees around your home offers both beauty and benefits to its efficiency, the question remains: which kind of tree should you plant? 

Here’s a list of some for you to consider:

North American Sycamore: The North American sycamore tree can grow up to 175 ft in height with a high density of leaves on its branches, making one of them perfect for shading the front or back yard of your home. 

Drake Elm Tree: Other excellent fast-growing species of tree, drake elms grow into a modest size with a wide, dense canopy that is excellent for any yard. Consider planting more than one of these in key locations around your yard for great shade coverage. 

‘Green Vase’ Zelkova: These are very popular and can be found in many residential and commercial areas throughout Virginia. As the name suggests, ‘green vase’ zelkova, also known as zelkova serrata trees, create a canopy-shaped like a vase, making them an excellent choice for a shade tree. 

Leyland Cypress: This fast-growing coniferous evergreen is most often used for hedges and screens within many homeowners’ landscapes. Leyland cypress trees can grow up to 49 ft high, and as evergreen trees almost always have extremely dense foliage, they are excellent for providing shade. Line several of them near key windows or areas near your house and you’ll be sure to have excellent shade all year round. 

Get Expert Tree Planting Advice

While we don’t offer tree planting services at Timber Works Tree care, we are happy to provide recommendations on the best trees to replace the ones we’ve removed from your property. 

We’ve been in the industry for years and are familiar with various tree types that thrive in the Northern Virginia area. Reach out to us today for suggestions provided by our expert team!

Timber Works Tree Care: Affordable Tree Care Service in Winchester, VA 

Even one tree can make a great difference in your landscape’s appearance, as well as on your energy bills this upcoming summer. 

However, if you already have a number of trees in your landscape and are seeking to replace them with ones that are better suited to your landscape or provide better shade, call on an affordable tree care service like Timber Works Tree Care. We have extensive experience in providing residents throughout Winchester, VA with services like land clearing, tree removal, stump grinding, and more. Contact us at (540)-692-9606 and schedule a tree care service today!

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