How much snow and ice accumulate in winter and do the snow and
ice protect plants or damage them? Snow can insulate plants and protect them from damaging winter winds. But too much snow and ice can damage your plants, so choose plants that can tolerate whatever your winter throws at them.
- What's the source of your irrigation water — a municipal water supply or a private well? And what's the quality of that water? Get a water report from your water purveyor; it can tip you off to some bad water chemistry that may affect plants or damage your irrigation system.
- Where on the property are the existing plumbing features, such as water mains, backflow prevention devices, control valves, and hose bibs? When you plan your irrigation system, you need to know what's existing, whether it's in the right place, and what condition it's in.
If your water mains are old, your best bet is to replace them before you put in your landscaping. Otherwise, you may have to tear the landscaping up a year from now when the old galvanized water main finally bursts.
- During a rain, how does the water move on the site, and how could you redirect it to more useful and less damaging locations? Managing rainwater helps the environment by reducing flooding and pollution. Take a look at Chapter 8 to discover how to make rainwater an asset by reducing your need for municipal water.
- Are there natural water features such as creeks, streams, ponds, and springs on the property? If so, lucky you! But do be aware that they can also be sources of flooding.
- Where are the site drains, catch basins, and drainage swales (long, shallow ditches)? These carry rainwater safely away from vulnerable areas. Make sure they're working right. Visit Chapter 8 for details of drainage systems and a more thorough explanation of these terms.
- Is runoff from your property causing problems for your neighbors, or vice versa? Avoid channeling rainwater onto neighboring properties. Determine whether water will be coming onto your land from off-site and whether it'll be an asset or a liability.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.
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