Include two or more cultivars in the design to ensure proper pollination. Read more in Chapter 14, "Berries". To make the landscape more efficient and less frustrating to maintain, consider these design suggestions: If a forest fire is a potential problem, create at least a 30-foot space around the house ( more if the house is on a slope or if the surrounding vegetation is particularly flammable) by removing flammable materials from the area around the building. Identify the prevailing wind, which is the direction from which the fire is most likely to approach. Make sure you do not design storage for firewood, building materials or other flammable materials on this side of the yard.
Evaluating the winter and summer sun angles, as shown in Figure 19-32, tells us where to leave the open areas that allow the winter sun's rays to heat the house and outdoor living spaces. Knowing the direction of prevailing winter winds is crucial in deciding where to place a windbreak, which can be particularly important in the mountains or on the coast. Understanding wind patterns is also important to avoid including structures or plants in the design that block summer breezes from outdoor living spaces.
Try to provide enough space for each activity in a given area of use. Using another layer of tracing paper glued to the plot, note these areas of use. Drawing bubbles to indicate areas of use on the overlay allows you to freely define spaces for each activity (Figure 19-35). The area of public use is usually at the front of the house. Private use or the family area is often at the back of the house.
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