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Old 03-15-2012, 06:30 PM
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If you have the space, I'd recommend planting a band of evergreens around the perimeter of the 'forest' (holly and evergreen oaks are good if you don't like conifers), then planting deciduous trees within that boundary - that way, the trees nearest* the house won't be making too much shade in winter, when the sun is lower in the sky.

*not too close, obviously.