Have you heard of it? According to SustainableSites.org, “SITES is used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policy-makers and others to align land development and management with innovative sustainable design.”
Other than for the endless benefits green spaces offer, why are they important? With the reoccurring issue of drought sweeping many areas of the country and world, water conservation and self sustaining landscapes are of growing importance.
For some reason nothing brings into question an irrigation designer’s skill more than his or her proposed layout of small, isolated landscape areas. It’s a legitimate question really, especially when a client knows that an entire football field for example can technically be irrigated with as few as a dozen sprinklers. So let’s spend some time answering that all-too-common question.
Some say no irrigation will be necessary for vertical landscape, to which I strongly disagree. Even using drought tolerant plants or being in area receiving ample rainfall, plantings in this environment will need supplemental water.
System audits are an effective way to inspect and measure the performance, efficiency, and general health of an irrigation system and its components. Results are compiled and used in combination with other observations and measurements to facilitate irrigation management.
Stromwater runoff is a contributor to water pollution and water waste in urban areas. There are several ways to reduce pollution and waste, however rain gardens serve as the most aesthetically pleasing solution. In a nut shell, rain water gardens should be paired with “water loving” plants to maximize the results. Water from downspouts and..
In this article, we take a closer look at landscape architecture today. In current times, we cannot deny that landscape architecture is indeed a growing profession. In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts, NEC, predicted future job prospects for several artistic occupations through to 2018 within the U.S. and landscape architecture came out with one..