Shade Trees

Benefits of planting a tree

Silver Cloud Maple
Silver Cloud Maple

Adding several trees to your home landscape will not only enhance the natural beauty of your yard but will also :

  • Raise the value of your home.
  • A well designed landscape can add dramatically to your home’s resale value. As much as 30% according to Countrywide Homes in Ontario!

  • Lower your air conditioning and heating bills.
  • Large deciduous trees planted on the southwest side of your home can reduce both your air conditioning and heating bills.

    Mancana Ash
    Mancana Ash

    The shade provided by the leaves of the tree in the summer keeps your home far cooler than baking in the blazing sun! Some studies have shown that you can save 30% on your air conditioning energy consumption! One tree planted in an optimum location in your yard is equivalent to 10 room sized air conditioners operating for 20 hours a day on a summer day! That’s a huge energy savings! Also planting a tree to shade your air conditioning unit can increase its efficiency by up to 10% ( Be careful not to interfere with the airflow around the unit).

    And after the autumn leaves have fallen the sun will be able to stream in through the windows providing free heat on those cold winter days. Also natural light will fill your home which means less lights on in the home and a brighter, cheerier atmosphere is created.

  • Remove co2 and other pollutants from the atmosphere.
  • Ivory Silk Japanese Maple
    Ivory Silk Japanese Maple

    "The Greenhouse Effect" is caused when high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) prohibit the Earth from expelling its heat into space and this heat becomes trapped in our atmosphere, increasing the heat of our planet. Trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and return oxygen back to the atmosphere as a byproduct. Although there are other gases that are involved in the greenhouse effect, about half of this effect is caused by CO2. It has been noted that a single mature tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 48lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into our environment to support 2 human beings.

  • Trees act as a natural air filter.
  • They remove pollutants such as deadly carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide by absorbing the gases through the stomas in their leaf surfaces.

Choosing the Right Tree


Trees for the home must be chosen carefully, bearing in mind the ultimate size of the tree and the size of the lot on which it is to be planted. Trees grow to a variety of heights and widths. Some trees grow tall and thin and some short and stocky. Some trees obtain a mature height of only 8-9ft. and some grow over 60ft. tall. Pick a tree that suits the size of your yard. There is no sense in trying to plant a tree that will eventually grow to be 45ft. in height with a 30ft. crown if you only have a 30ft wide lot. Also be aware of the branch shape and tree shape so the tree can be aesthetically situated in your yard.

The growth rate of the tree is another consideration for if you decide on a tree that grows very slowly you might want to choose one to purchase in a larger size.

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