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Spring Is Here - Now Is The Time To Plant Shade Trees To Cool Your Summer

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Plant Shade Trees

Spring is here, and it's a great time to think about the hot summer ahead. As long as the danger of frost is behind you, planting straight into the ground is fine. If you live in an area where there might still be a freeze, you can still go ahead and purchase your tree or trees, but keep them protected ina green house or garage or other spot inside, until you are ready to plant.

Why plant shade trees? The shade from trees is actually much cooler than that provided by an umbrella or awning, as the leaves of the trees reflect the sun, unlike a fabric canopy which is great for blocking the sun, but still absorbs a lot of heat.

Shade trees are one of the best ways to improve the overall look of your yard, boost your home’s value, and bring natural shade to areas of the garden in which you spend the most time.

Enjoying your yard can be difficult in summer months, due sun exposure and high temperatures, so what can you do to ensure that you and your family spend more time outside, doing the things you enjoy, while also having protection from harmful UV rays?

Awnings are great; however, they only reach a short distance. With a few shade trees, however, you can select areas of your yard that you want more shade in without restrictions.

Red Maple trees are terrific for shading from the sun, and the vibrant red and orange leaves provide an art piece for all your neighbors to appreciate.


Green Weeping Willows have ground sweeping vines and branches and make for a majestic garden area. Though low lying, this tree still provides an intimate, yet shaded area.

One of the best trees for shade is the River Birch; these fast growing trees supply ample shade, due to the expansion of their limbs. Shaped like a pyramid, this tree is easy to trim and maintain.

For fast growing trees, its hard to beat the Paulownia, which grows up to 20 feet in one year when young; however, this tree performs well only in very well-draining soil, with summer rainfall or availability of irrigation water. Interestingly, it was once customary to plant a Paulownia tree when a baby girl was born, and then to make it into a dresser, as a wedding present, when she married.

These are deciduous trees, 12–15 m (40–50 ft) tall, with large, heart-shaped leaves. The purple flowers are produced in early spring, resembling foxglove flowers. The Paulownia is also called the "princess tree."

These trees grow like magic beans, so make sure you plant them well away from your house, where they will have plenty of room to spread out.


If you’re thinking about landscaping your yard this summer, consider planting a few shade trees. You’ll enjoy the hot summers much more with some much needed relief from the heat, while also adding value to your home. With so many different shapes, styles, and colors to choose from, you can truly create a masterpiece right in your own yard!

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