When spring gives way to summer in Jackson, the temperatures can quickly shoot up. Not only do the rising temperatures make life uncomfortable for your various plants, but it can become harder to enjoy time outside on your property. While you can’t change the temperatures, you can turn to quick-growing covers to establish some shade in strategic areas.
Unfortunately, some types of cover take a long time to grow – we are talking years – so they won’t help you much for the coming summer months. In this post, we will identify some fast-growing cover for ground shade options that will help you enjoy shaded areas sooner. For help with this project, feel free to contact the professional team here at TLC. As trained and experienced arborists, we can help you pick the right species for your needs, and we are happy to do the planting and maintenance, as well. Let’s get started today!
This is probably the type of tree most closely associated with producing shade, so it’s a great place to start. There are many varieties of willow to pick from, but they often grow quickly and offer a significant amount of coverage from the sun. When picking out the specific willow to use, consider factors like how much room you have for the roots to spread out, and how much vertical space you have available for the tree to grow. You don’t want to go through the trouble – and expense – of adding a shade tree that will outgrow its chosen home.
This is a tree that you have certainly seen many times, even if you didn’t know what it was called. These are slender evergreens that are often used to either break up the wind in a location or to provide a visual break in the form of a natural privacy screen. While those are good uses for arborvitae, you may also want to consider using them for shade purposes. This type of tree won’t provide the same shade you’ll get from a large willow, but it can protect part of your garden from the sun when placed strategically. You’ll need at least a few of them to execute this strategy effectively, and while they don’t grow as quickly as some of the other options we are including, you can buy them at a significant size so you shouldn’t have to wait long to get good performance.
When speed is your main focus, it’s hard to do much better than a hybrid poplar. These types of trees grow very fast and work beautifully as a shade tree in many settings. While the speed of growth with this tree is a great selling point, you do want to make sure that you have enough space for it as the years pass. This can be a rather tall tree, in excess of 40 feet, and spread out significantly, as well. If you are looking for a tree that will grow fast and offer a wide patch of shade as it builds a home on your property, the hybrid popular just might be a winner.
Okay – so this last one doesn’t grow at all, since it is something you install as a way to add shade to your property. It does fit the requirement of “fast”, however, since your shade will be available as soon as the project is finished. The key to using a man-made structure for shade is to make sure the materials you select blend nicely with the surrounding environment. You don’t want to take away from the design of your landscaping by using bright, artificial colors that appear out of place in the Jackson, WY setting. For example, a pergola built with wood native to the area would be a nice choice, and you could grow some plants on that structure to further incorporate it with your overall design.
Taking care of a beautiful property in the Jackson area can feel like a big responsibility, and it might be overwhelming. If you can’t quite get a handle on everything that needs to be done on your land, turn to TLC for assistance. We love working with property owners in this wonderful part of the world, and we can help with any kind of landscaping project, from growing cover to creating a new design and beyond. We appreciate your time and hope to hear from you soon.
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“The best friend on earth of man is the tree: when we use the tree respectfully and economically we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright