Trees and Plants

Many homes have trees surrounding it that provide shade and protection from the sun and wind. There are both positive aspects of trees and plants placed around a home, as well as some considerations to keep in mind if you decide to add more greenery to your home.


  • More trees surrounding a home can keep the home cooler during the summer. This reduces the need for air conditioning and fans, leading to less burning of fossil fuels required to generate electricity and improved air quality.
  • Try to plant trees on the north side of your home to block cold winter winds. This will help keep your home warmer during the winter months, requiring less heat in your home and less fossil fuels to be burned.
  • To reduce the chance of water getting into the basement, ideally there should be no plants within about 2 m (6 ft.) of the foundation of the home.
  • If you use lawn and garden pesticides, be aware that they can be tracked into the home through pets, shoes, or clothing.

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Page Last Updated: 19/06/2018