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The U.S. Department of Energy says that deciduous trees that are between 6-8 feet tall when planted will begin shading the windows of a home within a year of being planted. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Beautiful landscaping can add instant curb appeal to a property. But beauty isn’t the only thing that makes idyllic landscaping attractive to homeowners. Some landscaping features, such as shade trees, save homeowners money while adding aesthetic appeal. The U.S. Department of Energy said that shading is the most cost-effective way to reduce solar heat gain in a home. Shading also cuts air conditioning costs, which tend to be expensive in areas with warm, humid climates. In fact, the Department of Energy said that well-planned landscapes can reduce unshaded homes’ air conditioning costs by anywhere from 15% to 50%. When planting shade trees, one of the first decisions homeowners will need to make is which type of tree, deciduous or evergreen, they want to plant. Deci
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