The ideal landscape provides your family with recreation, intimacy and fun - even if these needs change over time. What's more, the landscape should - and will - add to the value of your home and its appeal in any season, especially lucky at the time of sale. Here's how to start with your plans. Think of designing a landscape for the bare ground surrounding your new home as an adventure in creativity. Maybe your property only needs a few small, easily made projects to make them more attractive.
Limit the amount of impermeable surfaces that collect heat and increase stormwater runoff. Consider using a permeable paving system - such as gravel or pavers that have open centers to plant grass - for patios, alleys and alleys to promote infiltration, improve drainage and limit runoff (Figure 19-46). Choose energy-efficient building materials. Remember that light pollution is a problem in urban and suburban areas and even affects migratory birds, moths and butterflies.
Use plants of the appropriate size and habit to avoid constant size. Use mulch to control weeds. See Mulch for the landscape (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg251). Group the trees in large, self-mulched beds for natural areas. Use fences and other hardscape elements to control the wild appearance of some native people. Sometimes, a structural element is all that is needed for a more neat look. Look at existing drainage patterns. Use ditches, dry wells, French drains, dry creek beds, berms and low retention areas to slow the movement of water and allow water to be retained on site , where the plants can absorb it.
The National Collegiate Landscape Competition is an annual three-day competition and networking event for students enrolled in interior and exterior …