Sustainable Landscaping Blue Mountains City Council
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Landscape Design

Design to enhance the natural setting and diversify habitat. Retain significant natural site features such as rock outcrops wherever possible. These elements should be incorporated into the landscape design, and may be subject to the development of a management or rehabilitation strategy.

Design the landscape to minimise impervious surfaces and increase rainwater infiltration.

Consider vegetation and landform characteristics when planning the placement of landscape elements. This can allow for greater energy efficiency by for example, maximising solar access to the north in winter and by the provision of adequate shade in outdoor areas in summer through careful placement of canopy species. Careful placement of windbreaks can also reduce wind chill or the impact of hot winds.

Large expanses of lawn usually require a high maintenance. They also require extra water and perhaps fertilisers if they are to be kept in top condition. These large areas of pervious surface, however are useful for water infiltration. Native grasses, or lawn alternatives may provide the same overall "look", but be more water wise and considerably easier to maintain.

Provide on-site car washing areas designed to prevent contaminents entering drainage system Install drip irrigation systems in planted areas.




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