Without the sun, life cannot sustain itself. Plants need the right amount of sunlight without which, they will not grow properly.
So how do you measure the amount of sunlight that your garden gets?
Determining the amount of sunlight exposure to garden
When you start to estimate the amount of sunlight your yard gets, look at a specific area of your yard at one to two hour intervals, starting with when the sun has risen fully until dusk. Draw a sketch of your entire yard on a sheet of paper and number the sections. Write down the sunlight levels for each of these sections at the timed intervals. Numbering the sections will allow you to properly keep track of the sunlight levels in each section so you can plant trees and plan your yard accordingly.
Partial shade and partial sun
Do not confuse partial shade for partial sun and vice versa. Although they are used interchangeably at times, they are two different things. Partial shade refers to a sunny area that gets some shade, and is typically an area that gets morning shade and four to six hours of hot afternoon sun. Partial sun, on the other hand, refers to a shady location that gets a few hours of morning sun and four to six hours of shade.
Full sun or full shade
To determine full sun or full shade, look at the area in the morning and mid-morning and watch throughout the day until dusk. Most full sun areas have sunlight from at least 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., while most full shade locations will get a little bit of morning sun but be shielded from it for at least six full hours. Simply put, if your yard receives six hours or more of direct sunlight then you can say that your yard has full sun. Contrarily, if your yard receives six hours or more of shade then it is called full shade. Determining full shade or full sun is pretty easy. For full sun on your yard, you should have no tall trees on the south side or it is usually the south side of your home. The west side of your home may also receive full sun. On the other hand, full shade locations are typically on the north side of the home or have tall and full trees to the south.
If you have certain areas in your backyard where there is a lot of shade and you need sunlight in the exact same area, you could consider thinning out the branches of tall trees. Avoid planting trees on the south side of your house if you need sunlight.
It is easy to measure the amount of sunlight keeping in mind the above factors. Ample sunlight exposure to garden will help your plants and trees will facilitate their growth with ease. If you need any advice or help regarding your landscape, you can always contact Eco Groundworks.
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