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How would i procceed planting aaccording to the sun sector.Is it better to put the drought tolerant trees the southeast and south where i get the most sun so as to shade the non so tolerant ones that are in front in the north and north west?
Would dense plantings and deep mulching eradicate such ''logical rules'' ?
Any source to study whaat to plant according to the sun sector?
 
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Any help here?
 
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Howdy Panagiotis,

I think the reason you may not have received more feedback is that the only possible answer is 'it depends'.

Are you in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere?
What's your Latitude?
What climate are you in?
What elevation?
What's the slope like across the property, relative to your sun sectors?
What are the wind, water and fire incidence forces, and how do they relate to your sun sectors?
How much land are we talking about?
What are your goals with developing this land? Are you hoping to create a compact garden that takes most advantage of the sunlight? A sprawling orchard with fire breaks and each tree placed where it can do its best? Maybe a paddock shift system with forest hedges?

The answers to these questions are needed in order to determine how best to utilize the sunlight on your property.

Generally, we know that the Western side of a structure will reach higher temperatures than the Eastern.
In very hot areas, this means that you want your garden to the East of your house/structures, so it doesn't get baked by the afternoon sun.
In very cold areas, you want your trees on the West of any structures, so that is stay warm longer. Also according to sepp holzer, blocking the morning sun helps to prevent trees from splitting, as gradually warming up from the night is easier on them than warming up from the Sun's first rays.

We know that the side facing the Sun in Winter will stay warmer than the one away from the Sun. In the Northern Hemisphere, that means South stays warmer in Winter; in the Southern Hemisphere vice versa.
Conversely, the North facing side will be colder in the Winter than it will in the Summer, since less sunlight will hit it.
These effects only are only felt in the Winter- declination results in less sunlight hitting the area less directly during the Winter season, but in the Summer it's pretty much hitting directly.

 
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