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It seems that many of us urban dwellers have been dreaming about where to park the car. Small garden ideas without grass As a result, a record number of Canadians are exploring the option of paving over the front yard to make room for our personal transportation, without a lot of thought given to the bigger picture.

Many municipalities have by-laws with detailed rules for creating a front yard parking pad. Facebook desktop app It can be a long process and very few homeowners are successful in gaining a permit to pave over their front yard. Bat size chart In Great Britain, a study indicates that ripping out the garden in favour of paving and other hard surfaces is wreaking havoc on their storm water sewer system.

Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui, PhD student, Landscape Department, University of Sheffield, has created a report that indicates that there are five million front gardens in the UK with no plants growing in them (1 in 3) and 4.5 million are paved over (1 in 4).

While no statistics are available about the Canadian urban experience in this regard, all you must do is drive down any residential street in a major Canadian city and you will see for yourself that this is not a problem unique to the UK.

The UK has created a formal response to this with a program sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society called ‘Greening Grey Britain’ and I think it is incredibly smart.

Creating a heat island. Baseball pitches grip When vegetation is lost on a street and replaced with hard surfaces, they absorb heat in the day and release it at night, making it hotter. Facebook app for iphone Air conditioners work harder and are used more often.

Flooding. How to build a raised deck A higher risk of flooding occurs when we eliminate green spaces and replace them with hard surfaces. How to lay flagstone Storm water run-off can be 50 per cent greater on the hard surface area during a summer storm. Texas mlb teams The risk is an over-worked storm water system and potential flooding.

Loss of pollinators. Garden of the gods map Replace flowering plants with hard surfaces and watch the hummingbirds, butterflies and song birds disappear from the neighbourhood. Francesca battistelli lyrics Is this the ‘canary in the coal mine’?

Dehydration of street trees. Baseball players with beards Many of our well-established streets are lined with priceless, mature trees that rely on moisture at their root zone to live. Slider pitch Their root zones can extend beneath the curb and sidewalk into your front yard. House design ideas exterior Remove a permeable green surface and replace it with asphalt and the results can be devastating for street trees that are already stressed by the urban environment.

If you are successful in gaining a permit to create a parking pad in your front yard, you will most likely be restricted to using permeable paving option. Types of fences These are just a few options available:

Permeable paving. Realtime landscaping architect Matrix pavers are sometimes called ‘cellular paving’. Nolan ryan fastest pitch They are hexagonal cells made from recycled plastic and hold an aggregate of your choice. Www cbssports com fantasy football Lay according to the manufacturers instructions so that rain water drains freely away and through the bricks.

Grass reinforcement. Hard landscaping ideas There are many products that can be used to support the growth of grass on a parking surface. Backyard beach ideas Yes, it is possible to park a car on a lawn! Look for honey-comb plastic cells, much like the matrix pavers described above but with larger holes. Facebook mobile login page android Sow grass seed directly into the cells and water as you would a normal lawn. Basin irrigation wikipedia The grass will die where the tires of your car frequently drive over it but will thrive elsewhere. Spring training 2016 stats In any case, rainwater will flow through it.

Brick pavers. Fantasy football 2016 guide Ask your landscape contractor or visit a local building supply outlet to look over various options of pavers that allow water to run through, without creating a solid, impermeable surface.

Vertical growth. Facebook live stream Consider planting hedges and vines in your front yard to reduce the negative effects of hard surfaces. Softball drills for 12u They are green, produce oxygen and can provide nesting places for birds. Football scores nfl today Some flowering vines are quite colourful.

Containers. Landscape institute Consider the many options to plant in cramped and small spaces using containers. Garden landscape design Flowering plants, evergreens and even vegetables can thrive at your front door or next to a wall.

Perhaps with some planning and consideration for the environment and pollinating neighbours, a healthy compromise can be struck between parking the car and enjoying a cool, green front yard.

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, member of the Order of Canada, author and broadcaster. 2016 olympics basketball usa roster Get his free monthly newsletter at How to landscape Look for his new best seller, ‘The New Canadian Garden’ published by Dundurn Press. Back garden ideas uk Follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 and Facebook.

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