At some point in the future, I plan on owning a home and I would like to use landscaping to improve both the appearance and energy efficiency of the property. I have heard that the right landscaping design can actually pay for itself in energy savings and property values, so I am looking for advice on:
- the best places to plant those trees for summer shade without blocking precious winter light
- the best location (distance from house) for a wind break
- ways to combine the two
The question isn't region-specific, but let's assume the house is in the Rocky Mountain West of the USA.