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Energy Efficient Landscaping 101

Energy Efficient Landscaping 101

Have you ever sat under a tree in the summer in order to escape the heat or stood behind a wall in the winter to avoid the chilling wind? While it maybe second nature for us to take advantage of landscape or hardscape to help control our body temperature, did you know you can do the same for your home? Your landscape can take advantage of these same benefits, making your home more energy efficient. Today we’re going to talk about some energy efficient landscaping facts and tips!

Energy Efficient Landscaping Facts

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s efficiency studies show that shading under trees close to ground level can reduce surrounding air temperatures by 25 degrees compared to air temperatures above nearby blacktop paving.
  • A shade tree can save up to 25% of your home’s energy for cooling.
  • Landscaping that creates windbreaks can cut winter healing by up to 30%.
  • Computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that the proper placement of only three trees will save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually.

Energy Efficient Landscaping Tips

  • Dense windbreaks such as evergreens can block wind speed by 85%. Plant them so that they block northeast winter winds.
  • Use hardscape and other plantings near your home to create dead air space, which can act as an insulator for your home.
  • Maximize summer shade with large trees, especially  in a way that provides shade to roofs, walls, and windows.
  • Add lattice with climbing vines to areas in direct summer sunlight.  These vines can help shade your home and allow cooling breezes.
  • Use hardscape such as patio made of stone or concrete – it will soak up summer heat and reflect it during the winter.

How energy efficient is your home? Have you ever thought about the benefits of landscaping for energy efficiency? Is your home naturally shaded by large trees or did you have to plant your oaks and evergreens?

If you would like the professionals at Brackman’s Stepping Stone Rock and Garden Center, LLC to help with any of your landscaping or gardening needs, give us a call today at 601-264-2886 or email us at thesteppingstone@live.com.

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5 Landscaping Tips to Help Sell Your Home

5 Landscaping Tips to Help Sell Your Home

 

It’s no secret, homes just aren’t selling as fast as they once did. If you are trying to sell your home, your  landscaping could be your best advertisement. If potential buyers are initially drawn in by your home’s curb appeal, you will be more likely to  get them inside to tour your home and eventually make an offer. Here are 5 inexpensive tips to increase your home’s curb appeal and help you sell your home!

1 ) Add a few outdoor containers- Container plants, such as large tropicals, add considerable appeal doorways where potential buyers enter and exit the house. These displays also show the endless possibilities for designing with container plants.

2 ) Keep sticks and leaves picked up- Don’t make a potential buyer look at or walk over grass clippings, leaves, branches or pine cones. The tidier your home’s landscaping, the easier it will be to sell your home.

3 ) Trim- An easy way to spruce up your landscaping is to prune up any overgrown trees or shrubs near the home. This will not only make your home look nicer, but it can also highlight the architecture.

4 ) Plant some instant color- Seasonal colors can really makes the landscape pop, and flats of annuals are also relatively inexpensive. The experts at Brackman’s Stepping Stone Rock and Garden Center, LLC can help you decide whtehter several colors or a more monochromatic scheme fits in with the look of your home.

5 ) Clean and touch-up driveways, sidewalks and patios- Potential buyers notice things like dirty dirty patios, sidewalks with moss growing over, and cracked concrete. Pressure-washing driveways, patios, and sidewalks before putting your home on the market can increase your chances of selling. If you have a little extra budget, consider patching large cracks in sidewalks or driveways.

If you need any help preparing your landscape before you put your home on the market, the professionals at Brackman’s Stepping Stone Rock and Garden Center, LLC are here to help with any landscaping or gardening needs. Give us a call today at 601-264-2886 or email us at thesteppingstone@live.com.

What improvements have you made to your home that’s on the market? Have you recently sold a home after touching-up your landscaping? Leave us a comment below and tell us about your success stories!

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