The Watershed Friendly Landscape

We all live on a watershed. The rainfall that hits your roof and land runs into the street, where it contributes to urban flooding and pollution of streams, lakes, and oceans. If you make your landscaping absorbent, the ground soaks up that good water instead of wasting it. Provide plenty of planted areas instead of just pavement, make pavement permeable (see Chapter 12), create low spots in the terrain that will soak up water (see Chapter 8), build rain gardens (any planting that's irrigated by channeling rainwater from adjacent roofs and surrounding areas into the planted area), and swear off chemicals that could leach into the environment. You could even plant the roof of your house! (Chapter 12 discusses the ecoroof.) Refer to Figure A-3 to see how to make a watershed-friendly landscape.

By creating a watershed-friendly landscape, you'll save money on water, your plants will be happier with pure rainwater, and the environment will be eternally grateful to you. For further details, check out the watershed page of my Web site at www.owendell.com/watershed.html.

Figure A-3:

The watershed-friendly landscape.

-■■ Bioswale captures and purifies water

Water harvesting from roofs

Rain gardens make use of rainwater to grow plants, create habitat

-■■ Bioswale captures and purifies water

Water harvesting from roofs

Rain gardens make use of rainwater to grow plants, create habitat

Bio Swale Detail

■-- Concave planting beds for retention at street

Curb cuts allow water to enter planting beds

Bioswale captures and purifies water

Pervious paving allows rainwater to soak in

Retention pond

■-- Concave planting beds for retention at street

Curb cuts allow water to enter planting beds

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

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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