when landscaping in Perth are SHADE and WINDBREAK.
When I bought this house it had neither. Just lawn. I removed all of it and planted these Flame Trees.
Now when I walk out the front on a hot summer's day I see this (click photo for closer look):
Shade and windbreak. Get them right and the rest pretty much designs itself. Don't get them right and whatever else you do won't satisfy you. _________________________________________________________________________________ PS…. if you would like a garden like this - ie one you can actually live in - email me firstname.lastname@example.org … I'm accepting (limited) commissions again.
It might have made for a funny movie, but it's clearly not the smart way to fix something.
When I worked in local government, residents would ask me to prune their street tree because "it's shading my garden and my roses/lawn won't grow".
Removing tree canopy to grow lawn and roses is dumb. Far better to change what you're trying to grow underneath!
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Appointing William Bratton as his new police commissioner was a good start.
Bratton took a "broken windows" view of policing - ie small problems like broken windows lead to bigger problems if left unchecked - and the rest is history. New York now has one of the lowest crime rates in the US.
But lowering crime was just the beginning. So much has happened since. Including their ridiculously ambitious "million trees in ten years" program which they actually achieved ahead of time (!)
The High Line, Manhattan
They also stopped traffic (literally!) with the High Line (left) - the amazing conversion of an overhead rail line into a public greenway - and now they're going to do it again with the Low Line, the world's first underground park.