A landscape that serves to conserve water and energy can be a huge asset. Good landscape contractors can suggest appropriate tweaks to a landscape design for a Newport Coast property, so as to ensure an energy saving space.
Effective Landscape Features for the Newport Climate
If you have a project in Newport Coast, California, you’ll know about its warm, arid summers and mild winters. Landscape contractors such as the professionals at D.L. Hickman & Son Inc. are familiar with the area and can help design an outdoor space according to this particular climate.
Energy-Saving Features And Tweaks
According to a report by the United States Energy Department, a well-planned landscape can save enough energy to pay for itself in no more than 8 years! From lowering maintenance costs to reducing air conditioning needs, there’s more than meets the eye to a professionally designed landscape.
For Newport’s hot, arid climate, shade is the most essential feature to incorporate into a design. This can cut down air conditioning costs by 15 to 50 percent. Moreover, naturally cooled homes need proper access to summer winds, while air-conditioned homes are better off with wind-deflecting features.
Strategic Planting for Shade – What Goes Where
The positioning of trees may not seem like a big deal to some, as long as they make a landscape seem presentable. However, a strategically positioned tree can save as much as 25% of the energy used by a typical household.
Planting deciduous trees on the southern side of your project can provide shade from 70-90 percent of sunlight while allowing winds to pass through. Shorter trees such, when planted to the west, can provide shade from angled sunlight such as experience in the afternoon. Climbing vines, bushes and shrubs can effectively shade patio areas while complementing the overall look of the space. The cooling effect of such natural shade over a house can reduce the need for energy-consuming air conditioning.
Tips And Tricks For a Water-Conserving Landscape
Identification of the unique water needs of a landscape’s plantings, and planting those with similar needs together, can prove to be effective for water conservation in the long run. In addition, succulent plants and plants adapted to dry areas will not require special watering. Aerating the soil can decrease runoff while improving water flow toward plant roots. In addition, a water collection system and drip irrigation techniques can be incorporated into the design to ensure effective water savings. Larger paved areas and smaller lawns, or areas consisting of alternative ground cover to turf, can further help to reduce the water requirements of a landscape.
Pay Attention To Your Microclimate
A microclimate is a home’s own climate, and is not necessarily the same as the average of the region in which it is located. The positioning of the house, the plants in the surrounding area and the sunlight that reaches the landscape, all affect its microclimate. An effective landscape contractor will have a good eye to assess the unique needs of each house, and will incorporate appropriate features to conserve water and energy.