If you are going to plant trees and shrubs around you new home,
here are some guidelines: In the South, shade trees should be primarily on the
east, west and southwest sides of a house. Also, we encourage you to carefully
select the type the tree being considered. Decide what you really want from
this tree or shrub - shade, fall color, or just eye appeal.
Do you need a deciduous tree to shade an outside
air-conditioning unit in the summer, while letting sunlight through in the
winter? Do you want a line of evergreens to provide a windbreak in the winter
and privacy the rest of the year? Another factor to consider is maintenance.
Are the trees or shrubs drought resistant, or will they require large amounts
of water? Along with these considerations, you should also think about their
location in relation to plumbing lines, power lines, and your foundation.