After a long winter, the birds begin to chirp, the sun is shining, and the temperatures are on the rise. Before we know it, the summer temps will be upon us, but right now it is time to prepare your landscaping for spring.
You can make your home look beautiful and create an additional level of energy efficiency with a few easy tips.
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Factor in Energy Efficiency with these Landscaping Tips
Bring Your Watering System Back Online
Winter can be hard on a watering system, so when the spring comes, it’s time to drain it, bring it back online, and test each zone for any necessary repairs. This way you’ll know it’s in prime working order. It’s best to make any needed repairs before the lawn needs consistent watering.
With a timed water system, you can conserve water as you go. Or, take it a step further with a smart irrigation system like Gro. Gro provides valuable data and water system control in an easy-to-use app that reduces waste and improves efficiency, saving you money.
Plant Trees with Energy in Mind
Trees that provide your home shade and insulation can save you as much as 20 percent on your energy bills – and that’s an amount that adds up over time! If you’re looking for a way to cut back on your energy usage, going natural can help. Consider planting a tree to add natural shade. It cuts back on the amount of direct sunlight, so you’ll need the air conditioner less in the hot summer months.
Speak with an arborist or landscaper about the best trees for your yard. The right trees will provide more than shade, they will deliver lasting beauty and a healthy, diverse ecosystem for decades to come.
A Gutter Check
It’s time to clean out your gutters and make sure they’re fully operational for the spring rains. Properly working gutters help maintain the integrity of the foundation and your home’s exterior walls, which is an important place to start for maintaining energy efficiency. When gutters back up they can cause damage to the areas of your home meant to be the first line of defense from the major temperature extremes of the Midwest.
Look your gutters over for any damage, or any loose spots. Make sure they carry drainage far enough away from your house. You don’t want pools of standing water that butt up to your foundation. If it’s time for a new gutter system, now is a good time to install.
When you go with a garden filled with native plantings, they’re easier to maintain. It’s a nice way to hide your lack of a green thumb, since they grow naturally within your geographic area. They also consume far less water, saving you time and money, and they fit in with the natural habitats of the area.
Create A Look You’re Proud of This Spring (And Save Energy at the Same Time)
With winter in the books, now is the time to make sure that your home’s exterior is every bit as eye-popping as it could be. Make sure you prepare your landscaping for spring. It’s a good time to plan any potential projects for the remainder of 2019.
The suggestions above are only that – after all, you know exactly how to improve the look of your home. Maybe it’ll take the look of new siding or a new roof, both of which can result in significant energy savings as well. If you have any questions, contact us today!