As long as I have lived in Denver, I don’t remember it being this hot for so long, especially this early in the year. I’m trying to find ways to cool my house, without A/C and a small swamp cooler, it is pretty miserable. As I swelter in my house, I look with envy at my neighbor’s house that stays in the shade all day long thanks to two large shade trees and it makes me realize just how much shade trees can help to keep a home stay cool during these hot, hot days.
It is no secret how much shade trees can help and luckily there is a great organization called The Park People that provides trees for Denver residents at little to no cost for homeowners. They have a spring and fall tree distribution and the application for the fall trees will be available soon. Click here for more info.
If your house could use a new shade tree, then make sure to visit their website by clicking here and applying for a tree this fall. You get to pick from a variety of species available and they will even come to your house and let you know the best place to plant it. I got one this spring and hope to get another this fall. It may take a few years to be large enough to provide shade, but have to start somewhere.