Help save lives this holiday season
Make your own shade
Getting too much sun can happen when you least expect it. You can still be exposed to UV rays even if there are scattered clouds overhead. You could be sitting in your backyard, gardening or watching your kids playing.
Trees and hedges provide excellent shade around your house. How much shade will depend on the how thick the leaves grow.
Planting deciduous trees that are native to Canada will provide excellent sun protection during the summer months. Be sure to select types of trees that provide large thick coverings of leaves that will block UV rays. For year-round protection, consider planting coniferous trees like hemlock, pine, spruce, cedar, larch and fir. But remember, these types of trees do not have natural canopies that provide midday shade, like deciduous trees do.