Living in the Upper Midwest means long winters and short summers. Even though Midwesterners seem to make the most out of every season, the spring, fall, and summer seasons do present us with the opportunity to get out and tackle those outdoor tasks and landscaping projects that have to wait until the snow clears and the ground thaws.
And did you know that the right landscaping can help your home conserve energy too?
There are several landscaping choices you can consider that add beauty and purpose to your yard or property. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a well-designed landscape can curb your heating and cooling costs by up to 25%.
By strategically positioning trees and shrubs, you can create a windbreak to shield from freezing winter winds.
Planting deciduous trees (those that drop their leaves in the winter) can let the winter sun through when you need it. In the summer, the leaves can help shade your home from the hot sun.
In addition to energy conservation, you can design your lawn to conserve water as well. By selecting native and adapted plants that require less water and inputs, you can keep your water usage down (and the energy necessary for pumping it). Mulching is also an easy way to keep your lawn healthy during dry spells, keeping moisture from evaporating when plants need it the most.
- Jason Schaefer