How to Add Shade to Your Denver Landscape Design

April 22, 2021

Denver is one of the sunniest cities in the country. In fact, we get an average of 300 days of beautiful sunshine each year. This is great news for your Denver landscaping but it’s not ideal for your skin if you want to spend hours each day enjoying your home’s landscaping and garden. Luckily, adding shade to your home’s landscape design is easier than you think as long as you think outside the box. Here are a few great ways to add shade to your yard so you can enjoy it without getting a bright red sunburn.

Add Shade Screens

The simplest way to add shade to your yard doesn’t involve altering your landscaping unless you want to. Instead, it just involves hanging shade screens in strategic locations. These screens can easily tie to a corner of a patio, mount directly to your home’s exterior, or stretch between established trees that won’t mind the tension on their trunks. The screens don’t even have to stay up year-round. You can take them down in winter when you don’t want to spend time outside anyway. 

Plant Shade-Producing Trees

If you’re looking for a permanent way to add shade to your property that will also increase your property value, consider planting a few new trees. Varieties of maple, oak, and poplar all create leafy canopies that will, once mature, provide tons of shade for your yard. Keep in mind that it will take time for the trees to get old enough to provide you with that shade. This option is best for homeowners that plan on staying in the house for years to come. 

Build a Pavilion

If you don’t want to wait for trees to reach maturity, building a pavilion in your backyard or covering your already-built deck is a simple way to make your yard more usable. The pavilions are custom-designed to work with your aesthetic and are permanent fixtures in your yard. This means you’ll also have a covered location to use during the winter if you want to grill outside or watch the kids play in the snow without getting wet yourself.

Add the Right Types of Vines

Flowering vines are a wonderful and faster alternative to planting shade trees. They grow in a matter of years and can spread over existing pergolas, archways, and other structures to provide you with shade that also adds to your yard’s look and appeal. Varieties like honeysuckle, wisteria, and purple passionflower will give you bright, beautiful blooms that are easy to care for and will last for several months during the growing season.

Let Our Team Help 

No matter how big your yard is, adding shade can make using it more fun. Let our experienced team help you figure out the best way to add shade to your yard so you can get outside more often and take advantage of the beautiful weather Denver has to offer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to request a free, no-obligation estimate from our dedicated landscaping team. 
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