Living near a busy road has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. On the plus side, daily commutes are usually shorter and require less travel time.
However, the constant sound of traffic can become a nuisance to you and your family. Thankfully, there are ways to dampen and reduce traffic noise, beginning with your landscape.
Trees act as a natural sound barrier, absorbing sound vibrations and ultimately weakening their power. So, if you want to create a quieter and more peaceful living environment, consider planting trees between your home and the road.
Evergreen trees like the Loblolly pine – a pine variety that’s native to Texas – are excellent for this purpose. Since they don’t shed their leaves during the winter like other trees, evergreens are more effective at reducing traffic noise year ’round.
Of course, hedges are another sound-dampening option to consider for your landscape. Hedges, especially tall varieties, offer excellent sound absorption. They’ll absorb some of the sound coming from the road; thus, creating a quieter home for you and your family.
The only downside is that hedges require a fair amount of maintenance. With that said, however, it’s a small price to pay for the benefits they offer.
Both trees and hedges offer the added benefit of privacy. By growing them in your lawn, you’ll create a more private outdoor living space – and that alone should be reason to enough to use them.
Create White Noise
In addition to planting trees and hedges, you can also reduce traffic noise by creating “white noise.” So, what is white noise exactly? White noises refers to any background noise that’s designed to drown out other, unwanted noise.
A simple and effective source of white noise for a landscape is a waterfall or fountain. If your landscape features a manicured garden, perhaps you can install a waterfall. The sound of the water trickling down the fountain will drown out some of the noise produced by the road.
These are just a few landscaping tips to reduce traffic noise. If you’re still unable to control the noise, you may want to consider indoor solutions as well.
Installing double-pane glass windows, for instance, can reduce noise from the outside. Certain types of paint are also designed to absorb and reduce noise. By using these strategies, you’ll promote a quieter home for you and your family.
The Woodsman Company offers tree planting, tree pruning and shrub trimming, tree removal and stump grinding as well as a tree wellness program.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or
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