Home & Design Magazine Article ‘A Modern Landscape’
When J. Mark White of GardenWise was called in to restore the garden of a 1920s Colonial Revival, he was already familiar with the property, having previously landscaped the front and back yards. After fire struck the Cleveland Park home, the owners turned to the landscape architect for a redo.
Trees Create Green Living
A thoughtful way to live a greener life is to make your landscape eco-friendly and plant trees. Planting a tree is one of the most immediate green steps you can take as trees absorb CO2 and other dangerous gasses while replenishing the atmosphere with oxygen.
Canopy trees, and Deciduous trees that grow tall and full in the summer, will add shade to your home and help it stay cool in the summer months. They will also allow your home to absorb warm sun light in winter. In addition to being good for the environment, adding these trees to your landscape is an energy saving step that will lower the cost of cooling and heating your home.
Another group of trees to think about planting are Fruit bearing trees which will also absorb dangerous gasses while replenishing oxygen. A big plus in adding some fruit trees to your garden space? Your garden will become much more productive. While enjoying your favorite fruits and saving a little money at the grocery store, you can also donate any extra fruit you grow to those in need. Not only will you help others in your immediate community, but you’ll show by example how Green Living can give back, both locally and globally.
Green Living Tips – Rain Barrels!
On Tuesday we wrote about reducing your lawn areas by half, and yesterday we blogged about the importance of adding trees to a garden space.
Today our Green Living tip falls into the Water Conservation category… recycle water by adding a rain barrel! Adding a rain barrell to your landscape is a pretty simple project that can be completed in a single day. Did you know a typical 1/2″ rain storm will fill a 50 gallon rain barrel, while a 1″ rainstorm produces 1/2 gallon of water per square foot of roof area? That’s a lot of water to recycle, and lot less water you’ll be paying for from you local water authority.
Rain Barrels come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and the uses are limitless — you can attach a standard garden hose to your barrel, or you can attach a soaker hose. You can also use your rainwater in your watering cans for your containers and pots. Because we love added bonuses here at GardenWise — here’s a good one: rain barrels reduce the amount of water around the foundations of your home.
A company I just started to work with, Gutter Supply, has a lot of options to choose from that will allow you to imagine how nicely you can incorporate a rain barrel into your landscape design.