August 01 2018

Landscaping to Beat the Summer Heat

Every New Jersey summer has its heat waves and dog days. When summer goes from sweet to sweltering, your landscape design can provide a reprieve. Sure, you might opt to sit inside, directly in front of the AC, but don’t you still want to enjoy the outdoors? We wait all winter for this! Here are a few ways to landscape for summer comfort:

Trees for Shade
If you have the space, planting a large tree will bring some much-needed shade to your yard. There are many tall, flowering trees that thrive in our climate zone, including dogwood, Forest Pansy, fringe trees, hydrangea and the classic cherry tree. Click on the links to learn more about each.

A Shade Garden
So maybe you don’t want to stand or sit under a tree. If that’s the case, consider creating a shade garden in an area around your home that naturally receives a good amount of shade. HGTV offers some great ideas for shade gardens. Don’t underestimate the use for a retaining wall, which serves both functional and aesthetic purposes.

Water Features
When sitting in the shade isn’t doing the trick, try dipping your hands or toes in your own fountain. High Tech can design and build the pool fountain you’ve always wanted—or perhaps even your own outdoor oasis of waterfalls and other custom features.

Summer Veggies
Follow us here: To truly beat the heat, you need to nourish your body. Bringing the summer bounty to your backyard makes it easier and more convenient to consume the nutrients you need. Here in the Garden State, we’re able to grow all sorts of veggies in summer, from tomatoes to bell peppers to squash and many others. Pick your favorites and plant them right outside your kitchen. Even if you only grow one or two crops, you’ll save money on groceries and experience the joy of harvesting your own food.

These are just a few ways to cool down while still making the most of summer. Stay tuned to our blog for more tips on landscaping in New Jersey, and contact us to speak with one of our pros.