Co-op Site #3

Co-op Site #3

Eco Landscaping


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The Project: Rainwater Harvesting Earthworks for native trees and plants

Installation Date: September 15, 2012

Location: Private residence, N 15th Ave and W Indian School Rd, Phoenix

Workshop Leader(s): Ryan Wood

Number of Co-op Volunteers: 12

The homeowner wanted to capture rainwater from his roof and stop it from flowing off the property. He also wanted to enhance the tree canopy coverage (shade) and overall beauty of the property. Water harvesting earthworks in the form of mulched infiltration basins were installed. The total surface catchment volume of these basins is 1700 gallons.

The Benefits:

A free water resource that once was wasted is now redirected to multiple beneficial uses for the homeowner. Two native shade trees and 78 other native plants were planted. These trees and plants will: filter air, soil and water pollutants; provide cooling shade and a moister microclimate; help infiltrate water and organic matter deep into the soil, making the soil more water absorbent; and attract native pollinators and other wildlife back into the urban setting.


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