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Energy Savings: Landscaping

Aug 14th 2010 6:00PM All are useful ideas, but another consideration with respect to trees is that in many cases, depending on the size and type of specimen you plant initially, it may be 10 to 15 years before enough height and canopy coverage develops to realize the energy savings estimated in the article. Arborists, landscape architects, and knowledgeable staff at many nurseries can offer preliminary information on what to expect root systems to do, as well, which may be confirmed with the local utility purveyor. Green roofs require beefed up structure to support the increased dead loads imposed by soil, water, the planted material, etc., as well as careful attention to waterproofing and consideration for maintenance difficulties for grooming the planted materials or should a leak develop which may find its way into the living areas beneath.


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