Eventually, we are going to be moving into our house on 5 acres and right now there is absolutely nothing but grass out there and it gets really hot (zone 7/8 ). We have read in various places that trees positioned to shade the house will help cut down the cooling cost.
However, we aren't sure which trees to plant or how far/close to the house they need to be in order to be effective.
I'm kind of leaning towards planting a row of sugar maples on the west side of the house and maybe a row of red maples further west of that. (the west side is the side that is side that is open to the field and it's also the side our air conditioning unit will be on.)
I think my fiance likes white oaks more that any other type of tree, but I don't know very much about how they do in yards. I see them as more of a "stand alone" tree too. I'm looking for something that will do well as part of a group.