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Create coolness in your own garden

Create coolness in your own garden

After winter, we all long for it, nice warm summer days. The days where we can start up in the morning sun with a cup of coffee and a newspaper and have drinks and dinner in the garden until the late hours. Delicious! But summers are getting hotter, and heat stress is becoming more frequent. Therefore, on very hot days, it is nice to have coolness in the garden. We would like to give you some tips for creating coolness in your own garden. And did you know that even a cool home starts in the garden?

They used to do it

Around the farms used to be many trees, shrubs, borders full of different plants and sometimes a sizable lawn. It had a functional value (such as the fruit of the trees) it had ornamental value, but it also provided cooling. The trees protected the front house from excess direct sunlight and wind (even in winter), and greenery was (and is) cooler than stone.

A cool garden is a green garden

Stones and tiles can get very hot. The material and color attract, retain and reflect heat. Moreover, rainwater cannot leave after a heavy rain (and they are also increasing more and more). Therefore, reduce paved area and give more space to greenery. A cool garden is a green garden. The more trees, shrubs and climbing plants, the more natural shade. Also cover the bottom of the border with perennials. Where the sun can't reach it, it doesn't heat up as fast either!

In addition, by planting trees, roof trees, shrubs, lime trees and climbing plants, you can create a nice shaded area near the patio or seating area. A shaded area with atmosphere, natural, matching the garden. In addition to a shading effect, roof trees, for example, look playful and a touch quirky, trees provide a height effect in the garden and a more exciting field of vision.

Trees, plants and shrubs also attract birds and insects, which in turn is good for biodiversity, win - win!

Also plant trees

Did you know that it can be up to 5 degrees cooler under a tree than in the sun? A tree provides shade, but it also evaporates water through its leaves, sending warm air up into the sky. Under the crown of the tree, air that hangs low to the ground then collects and is much cooler. Just think of that hammock under the tree!

A large tree can provide shade on the roof of your home, and your roof takes up a huge area of your home. So if you can provide a cooler roof, you automatically provide a cooler home. If you have a flat roof, you can also opt for a sedum roof. This has a cooling effect and stores rainwater.

Water in your garden

Water absorbs heat and evaporates, this provides a cooling effect. If a tree draws in air coming from across a pond or watercourse, it will be even cooler in the shade of that tree.

Of course, a refreshing dip is the best way to cool off. Top of the bill in this area is definitely the swimming pond. This is a "swimming pool," where the water is purified naturally. So without chlorine or salt.
If you don't have space for a swimming pond, then a garden shower is just as effective and, of course, much easier to implement. To ensure that your garden is not filled with water after a shower, there is an infiltration crate under the outdoor shower that allows the water to slowly disappear into the ground.

And how do I get cooling on my balcony?

Even if you have a balcony, there are a number of things you can do to turn your balcony into a green oasis and create shaded areas. Are there tiles? These absorb heat, so try to keep the paved area as small as possible. Put up lots of pots of plants. Let climbing plants climb up from the pot along wires, creating space for flowers and providing shade.

Or consider an edible wall. An edible wall is a hanging element you can attach to your wall. Herbs, vegetables and edible flowers can be grown and harvested in it. Because it hangs on your wall it takes up very little space, so it's ideal when you have limited space on your balcony.

Don't let rainwater just go to waste!

During the hot summer months, the greenery in your garden needs regular watering. So it's a shame to let rainwater just go to waste. Collect rainwater in a rain barrel or water feature and use it to water your borders and lawn when it doesn't rain for an extended period of time.

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