Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and by Ann Marie VanDerZanden

By Ann Marie VanDerZanden

Vital advisor for someone operating with landscapes, Sustainable panorama administration eases the transition of the panorama right into a new period of eco-friendly realization. packed with examples that illustrate most sensible practices, the e-book presents a pragmatic framework for the advance of sustainable administration concepts from layout to execution and, finally, to upkeep to be able to build landscapes that functionality extra successfully and reduce the effect at the atmosphere.

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The result is a sizable cost savings. A number of strategies to reduce landscape maintenance inputs were described earlier in this chapter. indd 33 The final factor in sustainable design addresses the overall goal outlined in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (2009a), which is to protect and restore site processes and systems during the site design phase. ” To achieve this goal, the initiative has created a matrix that evaluates a number of design approaches related to the ecological components of a site.

Provide for Optimum Site Accessibility, Safety, and Wayfinding Humans don’t like to be confused by their immediate environment. We prefer landscapes that are easy to enter, navigate through, and then exit. Safe, accessible, and legible sites encourage both use and enjoyment (Figure 2-14). The easier it is to use the site, the more likely it is that users will take advantage of opportunities for physical activity, mental Figure 2-14 The pathways, bridge, and open areas make it easy to navigate through this landscape.

One landscape was installed as a “traditional” landscape with turf areas, planting beds of nonnative species, and a usercontrolled sprinkler irrigation system. The second, or “native,” landscape included only climate-appropriate California native plants, low-volume drip irrigation with a weather-sensitive controller, and a system for capturing storm water runoff for groundwater recharge. Annually, the native landscape uses 80 percent less water, requires half as much maintenance, and generates half of the green waste of the traditional landscape (Sustainable Sites Initiative 2009b).

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