The subtropical climate of the Gulf South supports a varied
abundance of flora, and this diversity is sustained by the ample
amount of rainwater that characterizes the region. Managing
rainwater in a planned environment and mitigating its effect on
human habitation can test the skills of even the most seasoned
landscape architect or designer. That challenge has never been more
acute as increased human demand for natural resources compels
professionals and home gardeners alike to seek out sustainable
In this guidebook, Dana Nunez Brown details ways to manage each
drop of rainwater where it falls, using a cost-effective and
environmentally sensitive approach. Under natural conditions,
rainfall primarily percolates into the ground and flows as
groundwater until it is absorbed by trees and other vegetation,
after which it is evaporated into the atmosphere and the cycle
starts anew. Brown identifies plants and techniques that leverage
this natural process in order to filter, clean, and slow runoff, a
practice known as Low Impact Development.
Using Plants for Stormwater Management presents the native
ecological communities and plant species of the Gulf South in
easy-to-follow sections and diagrams. Information ranging from the
productiveness of root structures and the compatibility of plants
with local soils to the optimal elevation of specific vegetation
and the average dimensions of foliage is represented by graphic
icons for quick and easy identification.
An accessible and essential resource, this book gives both
novices and experts the know-how to harness rainfall and create
beautiful, ecologically functioning landscapes.
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