location, location! Where you choose to plant your tree is a big factor
in whether it lives and thrives or creates a hazardous situation for your
house or yard.
east, west and south walls of your house receive the most sun. Its
a good idea to plant at least three deciduous (leaf-losing) trees
around your house to shade these three sunniest sides.
can save energy in cold weather. A row of evergreen trees on the north
side of your house (or the side with prevailing winter winds) can
serve as a windbreak and lower heating costs.
you have central air conditioning, plant a tree to shade the area
around and over your air conditioner, but be sure to keep the air
intake area clear of branches. You'll save money if your air conditioner
draws air from a cool, shaded area.
home energy is lost from windows than walls, so locate your trees
to specifically shade windows. Plant a tree east or southeast of east-facing
windows; south, southeast or southwest of south-facing windows; or
west or southwest of west-facing windows.
want trees near enough to shade, but not too close to overhang the
roof. Use the following table as a guide:
sure the planting site has enough room for roots and branches to reach
full size. Be sure to avoid both overhead and underground utility
and sewer lines! To find out about underground lines, call Diggers
Hotline before you plant.
Trees Near Utility Lines
plant tall trees within 35' of overhead utility lines, because
if you do they will need recurring and often disfiguring pruning
in later years.
plant large trees in restricted growing spaces.
obstruct airflow to chimneys.
block windows or scenic views.
plant trees or shrubs that would block a driver's view of signs,
signals, or intersecting streets when planting near street corners.
Some of the information on this page was developed by the
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a non-profit organization
supporting tree care research around the world and dedicated to the care
and preservation of shade and ornamental trees. Used with permission.