Private life can be achieved through the use of informal or formal hedges or fences. A patio should have easy access to the house and be large enough to accommodate several people and garden furniture. A child's play area should be easily visible from a window. Unobstructed lawn areas left in the central area of the courtyard provide space for outdoor activities and border areas can be used for other planting. A great imagination can be used in the arrangement of flower beds and shrubs and accent trees. This creates an attractive garden environment and an interesting view of the interior of the house.
Landscapes are ecosystems. Ecosystems need a diversity of plants of different layers or levels to provide an adequate habitat for wildlife. Consider including a body of water with shallow edges to provide drinking water and swimming for wildlife. The selection of native plants helps attract birds, pollinators and beneficial insects to the yard. See Chapter 20, Wildlife, for specific tips on wildlife attraction and management in the landscape. Edible products that meet most of the design criteria for plant selection are available.
Review a topographic map of the site and browse the property to review stormwater trends. Look for signs of erosion and note poorly drained or low areas that remain wet for several days after a rain. For areas with signs of erosion, consider rainwater harvesting options to reduce the amount of water flowing through these areas after a rain event. rain. Use tanks or rain barrels to collect runoff from the roof and save for future use (Figure 19 - 33).
Most home insurance policies allow you to apply some of your home's cover to trees, shrubs, lawns, etc. outside. It is generally limited to 5% of the home's coverage, up to $ 1,000. tree / shrub, including removing debris. Most policies have not only one limit per article, but also one limit per incident. Unfortunately, if your whole house burns, you may need all the blanket available to replace it, leaving you with nothing for landscaping.
Figure 19 - 32. The angles that the sun follows through the sky. In summer, it is higher and has a wider arc (solid circles) and in winter it is lower (dashed circles). Figure 19 - 33. A rain barrel is filled with PVC pipe attached to a roof downspout. This barrel is close to the garden for easy access to water. A landscape wish list can be long. An adequate space to comfortably integrate the items on the list is essential. In the case of terraces and patios, it is better to go too big rather than too small.
Landscape Design for the backyard of a house in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California.