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Guide to Using Landscaping Around Your AC Unit

Using Landscaping Around Your AC Unit

Air conditioning units are essential to our homes all year long. But let’s be real, they aren’t the most appealing pieces of equipment. Your AC unit doesn’t have to obnoxiously stick out from the rest of your beautiful landscaping design. There are many ways to make pieces of equipment such as air conditioning units, garbage cans, and more discreet through unique landscaping design. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best tips and tricks to bring your home value and beauty. 

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How can I use landscaping to hide my AC Unit?

If you’re looking for a variety of ways to landscape around your AC unit or other equipment, you’ve come to the right place. Garbage cans, AC units, and more don’t have to lessen the beauty of your home’s landscaping design. Instead, they can make your space even more unique. 

1. Place potted plants around your AC unit. 

If you’re looking for a fast and easy solution for covering up your AC unit, placing your favorite large potted plants is an efficient way to do so. Not only are potted plants easy to move, but they also give you the ability to switch up the plants throughout the year. By using potted plants, you can make the landscaping around your AC unit customized to your personal preference all year long. Choose a beautiful large pot and your favorite long grass and you're ready to go! 

2. Plant tall grasses or evergreens near your AC unit. 

One way to hide and protect your AC unit is to plant tall evergreen plants or grasses near the equipment. Ornamental grasses are used in a variety of settings as a way to keep yards private and secure. On the other hand, evergreen plants can serve as protection around your AC unit during severe weather. Both tall grasses and evergreen plants can serve as ways to hide parts of your lawn that may be displeasing to the eye. A few plants we recommend are:

  • Boxwood evergreens

  • Zebra grass

  • Hydrangeas 

  • Cypress evergreens

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3. Build a gravel garden for your AC unit. 

Looking for a low maintenance and customizable way to hide your AC unit? Gravel gardens are easy to build and will save you time, money, and stress in the long run. After placing your equipment on a safe cement platform, you’ll just need to feel the area with gravel. To make the area more appealing, try planting succulents and other low-maintenance plants in mulch in the gravel as well. Once complete, you will save time and money by having less lawn work to accomplish around your air conditioning unit. 

4. Install a lattice fence/box around your AC unit. 

 The landscaping design around your AC unit doesn’t have to consist of only plants. A lattice box or fence is a popular way to hide your AC unit without using plants near the equipment. Lattice boxes go around the perimeter of your air conditioning unit to make the area more discreet. Be sure to remember that lattice fences/boxes should never have a covering on the top, because it could negatively impact the airflow of your AC unit. 


What should I know about landscaping around my AC unit?

Using landscaping to hide AC units is incredibly popular among many homeowners. However, there are a few things you should know before beginning your new project. Understanding how landscaping design can affect your air conditioning is vitally important to the safety of your home and can save you time and money in the future. Here’s what you need to know:

Your AC unit needs a great deal of shade.

Although you should never cover your AC unit completely with landscaping design or other structures, your equipment typically runs better when in an overall cooler environment. This does not mean your air conditioning unit needs to be shaded at all times. However, tall grasses and other plants can help keep your unit running efficiently and effectively no matter the temperature outside. 

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Your AC unit needs plenty of space. 

Effectively providing your equipment with the right amount of shade goes hand-in-hand with providing it with plenty of space as well. Clearing the space around your AC unit is one of the most important security measures you can take for your home. One great rule of thumb to follow is to allow AT LEAST one foot of space around your equipment from every angle and side. 


Professionals can help maintain landscaping around your AC unit. 

Tackling landscaping projects on your own can become incredibly overwhelming. If you're interested in hiding your air conditioning unit with landscaping design, hiring a professional can help make the entire process easier. From creating your landscape design to keeping up with maintenance, our landscaping experts are here to help. With the help of the team at Gurley’s, your equipment can stay clean and beautiful all year round. 

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AC Unit Landscaping at Gurley’s in Memphis

If you’re looking to transform the space around your AC unit in your yard, don’t begin the project alone. We have a dedicated team who is passionate about adding value to your home through landscaping design. 

To begin your landscaping project today, contact the team at Gurley’s to request a quote. 


Posted by Andrew Butas at 13:08