A key part of rain garden design is to choose the right plants for the soil conditions. Typically, native plants with deep fibrous roots work well. Learn more about how to build a rain garden in your garden. One of the best ways to get rid of water from a low point is to simply flush it through an underground pipe. For this to work, you need a zone to unload water that is lower than the input. Exhaust pipe must be at least 1/8 "per foot. If you had a discharge exit 100 ft from the entrance, it should be about 1 ft down. To create the drain, you will need to dig a trench gradually tilted from the source to the outlet.
Basic green technologies such as smart tree placement and green roofs and walls can be used to dramatically reduce energy consumption inside homes. If the trees are strategically placed, they can reduce the energy needs of cooling by 7 to 47% during the summer and from 2 to 8% the heating needs in the winter. (Sources: Washington Post and Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies, Trees and Vegetation, USEPA) In addition, well-designed residential green roofs, which are becoming increasingly popular in some parts of the world, can reduce energy consumption in the summer. and winter.
Bonus: Its nutrients feed the plants up to three months. Water before 9 o'clock, if possibleible, to fortify plants against the heat of midday and achieve the best balance between moisture and evaporation. It is tempting to put the blades of the lawn mower flat so you do not have to cut the lawn so quickly, but cutting more than one inch of grass at a time can cause what is left to brown. Ditto using a foamed blade. (Have the lawn mower repaired each year.) If your family and guests are still hiking in the grass, take the hint that the route should be recognized: Install slate or concrete pavers.
Use the parcel plan to make an up-to-date inventory of existing features (such as home, power lines, septic tanks, underground utilities, outdoor lighting and roof overhangs) as well as existing plants and beds. and the hardscape sites on the site. The height, style and exterior elements of the house, as well as the building materials used, must be noted to facilitate design decisions. Measure and record on the plot any other structures or landscapes that may have been added, such as patios, alleys or sidewalks. When all the information has been collected and marked on a sketch, transfer it to a final master plan.
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