3 Things You Can Do To Your Yard This Summer To Make It More Cost Effective To Heat Up Your Home This Winter

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How you landscape your yard this summer can actually end up affecting your energy costs this upcoming winter. Here are three things that you can do to your yard in order to reduce the amount of energy that it takes to keep your house warn during the winter.

#1 Create A Windbreak

One of the things that can make your home cold in the winter and increase overall heating costs is all the cold air that blows around your house. If you live in an area where you typically get winds from a certain direction in the winter, say from the Northeast or Northwest, it could be effective to create a wind break out of trees.

The great thing about a wind break is that it doesn't have to be as big as your home or property. The key is to make the wind break really densely packed with trees. The more densely packed, the less wind will get through and the lower the speeds will be when it hits your home. A small windbreak can typically protect up to ten times the area that it takes up. That means if you have a really dense ten-foot wind break made out of evergreen trees, it should be able to provide you with protect of up to 100 feet from the window. So if your property is only 100 feet wide, you only need a ten-foot wind break and if your property is 300 feet wide, you only need about a thirty-foot wind break.

#2 Create Dead Air Space Around Your Home

Next, you should work to create dead air space around your home. Dead air space is created when you plant bushes and shrubs, or put other structures, near your home but not right up against it. That couple feet of space between the bushes, shrubs or structure and your home creates a dead air space. This space helps keep wind away from your home and helps keep the air that is released from your home close by. It creates a natural layer of insulation, which can help decrease the amount of air that escapes from your home and can help keep your home warmer in the winter.

#3 Put In A Stone Or Concrete Patio & Walkways

If you need to build or install a new patio or walkways this summer, be sure to use a nice solid material such as concrete or stone. Both concrete and stone absorb heat, which is great in the winter time. These materials can absorb heat when the sun is out and reflect it back into the air and at your home during the evening. This escaping heat can help keep your home warm and can help melt the snow that accumulates around your home and on your walkways during the winter time. 

Talk with a company like Urban Paradise Landscaping for more information.

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28 June 2017

embracing swampy property and landscaping it

I have one area behind my home that is so swampy that I could not do anything with it. I figured that I would embrace the excessive moisture and find a way to incorporate it into the landscape design. I started working with a landscape professional to learn what plants would look great, absorb some of the water and require little to no maintenance throughout the year. He helped me find some great solutions for the problem and now, I don't look out my back window and see an ugly swamp, I see a serene environment that I love to call mine.