The Beauty of Shade: Planting Trees to Cool Your Summer

Who doesn’t love the Summer months? The Winter woollies and wellies get stashed away replaced by shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. Not everyone wants to soak up the sunshine however, preferring a nice shady spot where you can still enjoy your outdoor space but relish some shade. Why not beat the summer heat this year by adding natural shade to your property. Planting the right trees can provide cooling benefits, enhance your landscape, and contribute to energy savings. Here’s our guide to the key points when considering adding shade to your outdoor space:

Selecting the Right Trees:

  • Consider the best tree species known for providing ample shade, such as oak, maple, and elm. Make sure your tree of choice suits the soil conditions local to your area.

When to plant? November to April

  • Optimal Growth Conditions: Cool, moist soil helps roots establish before summer heat.
  • Reduced Stress: Trees develop strong roots before facing high temperatures and drought of the warmer months.
  • Early Spring is a natural growth period, aiding adaptation.
  • Ensure soil is not overly wet from winter.
  • Reduced Evaporation: Cooler days help retain moisture, aiding root establishment.
  • Trees focus on root development as they enter dormancy, reducing transplant stress.
  • Plant with the root flare at or above ground level.
  • Winter Protection: Apply mulch to insulate roots and retain moisture against frost.

What are the long-term benefits:

  • Trees that create shade can reduce cooling costs, improve air quality, and increase property value, therefore strategically planting trees can cool your home and outdoor areas naturally.

Discover how Evoke Tree Services can help you choose and plant the best shade trees for your outdoor space, transforming it into a cool, inviting retreat with the addition of shade trees. Contact us today to start planning and planting your green canopy today.

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Laura Hanna
Laura Hanna
10/11/2023
Can't speak highly enough of this team. Professional, experienced, polite etc etc. 4th time they've been to me ( I don't live in a forest , just got lots of large unruly trees). Ryan and Calum did an amazing job on them. No complaints as they ploughed through all my requests in the pouring rain. Mustn't forget Kate in the office and Billy who leads the team. All of them are fantastic. If you need any tree work Evoke are the only ones to call. Thanks guys . Photo before and after on the front hedge
Sarah Ashton
Sarah Ashton
02/11/2023
Evoke are fantastic. From first enquiry to end of the job everything has been easy and professional. They’ve done a great job on our trees and left everything clean and tidy including at our neighbours. Highly recommend!
Simon Heath
Simon Heath
20/10/2023
I've used Evoke Tree Services for crown reduction to my large oak tree, hedge trimming, ivy removal and now log supplies. I will continue to use them as their customer service and attention to detail is second to none. Billy and the team are brilliant and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking a service they provide. Thanks Evoke!
Jessica Belfield
Jessica Belfield
19/08/2023
Evoke Tree Services excels in communication. Their clear guidance through the process and requirements has been invaluable. The tree surgeons were punctual, highly professional, and transformed our garden, leaving it even cleaner than before.
Jo Harris
Jo Harris
21/07/2023
Second time using Yvoke and can't be more pleased. The business is knowledgeable and reputable. The last couple of days the guys have been hard at work, they are professional, polite and so hard-working and left my garden super clean. They worked so hard. Could not be more pleased - thanks all and see you next time.
Jim Cremin
Jim Cremin
19/07/2023
We were delighted by the work Evoke did on our hedge. This was a significant pruning but was done with care and commonsense. It resulted in a job that was superb - and looked better than anticipated. Their professionalism was appreciated; we can highly recommend the company. Jim
colin barrett
colin barrett
26/06/2023
Awesome service. Awesome workmanship. Will definitely use them again.
Jill Knight
Jill Knight
17/05/2023
We have used Evoke for our tree work for several years. As always, a very well-done job from start to finish, including the initial visit and obtaining the appropriate permissions from the WHC. All the trees were pruned as requested to a very good shape and the site was cleared of all rubbish.
Anthony Earnshaw
Anthony Earnshaw
16/05/2023
Great service.. quick and v polite and friendly
Daniel H
Daniel H
28/04/2023
Good service, provided by nice staff. The team handled the application process required for the removal of a number of very large lleyandii, plus the removal and stump grinding. Even dealing with having to work around a large amount of waste material and old fencing from previous owners.