Friday, March 25, 2016

What we're up against

Sometimes the Perth tree phobia is quite disturbing.

As I was huffing and puffing trying to clean my gutters ahead of an approaching storm, I complained to a friend what a mindless job it was and that we should be designing gutterless houses these days so that we can have big trees without the hassle.

My friend thought about this for a moment and said "or don't plant trees higher than our gutters".

I was dumb-struck. This was an intelligent person and they were dead serious.

It reminded me of the yarn about the truck driver who jams his slightly too-high load under a subway. He's busy calling the fire brigade, police etc when a kid goes by and says "let your tyres down".

1 comment:

  1. Indeed, yes, that is why we have a gutterless house (20 - 30m trees, a no brainer) apart from the original bullnose verandahs, which for heritage authenticity reasons have a gutter (special rolled with external clips easy clean), and this is where the most incredible leaf litter / compost / ecosystem collects and becomes fascinating entertainment for the chooks, and sublime humus in the compost bin. Yep, a bit of maintenance work, but worth it! And the rainwater tank is half full in one day - the studio has a gutter. Design around the trees and reap the rewards. :)