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These strategies and many others can be integrated into your garden to make it more sustainable. The list below offers a wide variety of ideas to choose from with links to other EDIS publications and various websites for more information. Choose a few strategies that work best for your yard and your abilities. Start small. Even if you can only use a few ideas, you will contribute to the ecological health of your neighborhood.
Integrate other water conservation design practices that effectively use water in the landscape : Applying good practices to conserve water also conserves the energy needed to provide that water. Landscape plants provide shade (protection against radiant heat), minimize air movement (insulation) and cool air by transpiration (evacuation of water from the leaves that evaporates). a process that consumes energy and reduces heat). The passive impact of a plant species on the conservation of energy depends on its size, be it deciduous or broadleaved, the shape of its canopy and the density of its foliage.
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.
Relocate or remove plants that have been planted in the wrong place, especially large shrubs. They will not do well if they lack moisture, air circulation and space to grow. Group plants with similar water and soil requirements, and limit the use of plants that require a lot of water in the very small and highly visible areas of the garden. Typical areas include the main entrance door, the area adjacent to the pool enclosure or patio, or an entrance to the driveway. Plant more trees. They need less water once established and provide shade, which reduces the temperature and the evaporation of the humidity creating a pleasant microclimate.
Draw oval-shaped areas on the map to define areas for specific purposes such as patio, playground, flower bed, shrubs, service area, hedge, lawn, etc. Once the basic plan is developed, one can choose which best suits the use and conditions of an area. The land around a house should have a slight slope away from the house so that the water runs away. Lawn areas should be smoothed to make mowing easier. The floors surrounding the houses are sometimes very poor and will require modifications to improve them. Improve the existing soil with organic matter, etc. can be a long and expensive job.
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.
I love your landscape ideas and I hope to use some of them on our property. Thank you for sharing with us all. Hi Leslie, I really enjoyed this post. I just started a landscaping business and it's great information. I really like how you make it very simple to understand and decode each step in the little details. I will make sure to convey this information to my future clients because I really appreciate the ease of following what you say. Landscaping is difficult especially when you want everything perfect and as you said it can be very expensive. I am a 70 year old starter in landscaping issues.
A land plan of the property, as shown in Figure 19-27, is an excellent starting point. Sometimes a parcel plan is provided when the property is purchased. If this is not the case, consult the local county assessor’s office or the GIS County Tax and Deed website. The parcel plan must include the property lines, indicate the location of the house on the property and indicate the alleys, easements and any other limitations. Be sure to check for any setbacks or flows on the property that may have their own set of legal settings. The location of exact property boundaries is important when a fence is part of the final design.
Thank you for being part of our party! Super article full of helpful tips! I slowly put back my flower beds in order after the previous owners have disregarded them. I will do just a little bit at a time because of the expense. I would like to have a big garden too, but I will have to buy some woods or landscape stones, so for now I have a small area, and next year I will grow on it. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips! I like the yard better than the wall, it looks so much better. It’s quite awesome. Although the variety of the article on this topic, this article contains some of the valuable points that have never been read in other articles.