Planning Your Planting



Placement of vegetation is important when landscaping your home. The following are suggestions to help you gain the most from vegetation.

  • Plant trees on the northeast-southeast and the northwest- sides of your house. Unless you live in a climate where it is hot year-round, do not plant trees directly to the south. Even the bare branches of mature deciduous trees can significantly reduce the amount of sun reaching your house in the winter.
  • Plant so they can direct breezes. Do not place a dense line of evergreen trees where they will block the flow of around or through them.
  • Set away from your house to allow air to circulate and keep the vines from attaching to your house’s fa├žade and damaging its exterior. Placing vegetation too close to your house can trap heat and make the air around your house even warmer.
  • Do not plant trees or large where their roots can damage septic tanks, sewer lines, underground wires, or your house’s foundation.
  • Make sure the plants you choose can withstand local weather extremes.