For example, use wooden shingles on a gazebo roof that fit the roof of the house on a wooded site, or select a stone for retaining walls that reflects a stone fireplace in an area where stone is found naturally. Natural building materials often combine well with resource-rich landscapes. Weathered wood, natural stains, concrete and earth tones in the brick generally melt with existing building materials and relate to the natural environment. Landscaping materials can contribute to sustainability when we select renewable, local and low-energy raw materials. Explore options for using recycled materials and energy-efficient materials in the landscape.
The landscaping gives an individual character to the house, which is particularly important in areas where all houses have a similar design. A properly planned landscape can benefit from a property by providing a natural canopy in summer while conserving energy in the winter. Trees and hedges reduce the noise of the road and provide privacy while offering a windbreak against cold winter winds or channeling summer breezes. Landscaping requires an investment of time and money, but there are many rewards like a more enjoyable outdoor environment and increased property value. The first step in developing a landscape of the house is to draw a scale drawing of the property and the house. It should show all existing buildings, trees, septic system and water, electrical lines (above and below ground), street, sidewalk, slope of the land and the north / south orientation of the property. See Figure 1 Landscape Planning. All distances between objects must be measured accurately. The location of existing doors, windows, driveway and service areas (clotheslines, trash cans, etc.) should be indicated. Using scale drawing, develop a plan for use of the land area.
Do not sow too much! Too many trees and shrubs near the house can cause moisture problems that cause mildew, mildew and high humidity. The wind and the sun should periodically dry the area around the house. Shading a house can result in higher energy bills and maintenance bills because lights need to be used more often and an air conditioner can be created. necessary to control the humidity. Trees, shrubs and carefully placed vines can save up to 25% of the energy consumption of a typical household for cooling and heating. Combining these landscape ideas with proper isolation and conservation habits should produce a significant decrease in energy consumption. Read more about this in Horticulture Information Brochure at NC State Horticulture Department HIL 631, Conserving Plant Energy.
What good advice! I always fight to make my landscape what I want, even if it goes slowly. I have a garden bed that is a complete mess, but I want to turn it into a small Japanese garden. It gives me so much to consider! Thank you for writing such a good article. I am a complete beginner and I do not even know where to start. Most of the material I found online was recycled in photo galleries with very little information, but this message was what I really needed: good information on how to approach my yard and how to reimagine it, not just a pretty but unrealistic photo and a list of 10 generic plants that may not fit my climate!
We won this Extreme Backyard Makeover in a radio contest with Shine FM. We filmed it over one day on July 9, 2010. The workers came in and worked for just over 10 hours. Watch an 8 minute time…