This is so easy for any of us to do.
You’ll love it.
Sydney City Council and the Chippendale community keep rainwater where it falls.
Rain from roofs and footpaths is directed below the road verge where it is absorbed to feed the roots of the plants and trees there. Instead of being sent off like so much naughty water the rain is respected, kept and the result is healthy, flourishing plants and trees.
In the last weeks of this July 2019, Sydney Council workers have made another self-irrigating road garden at Pine Street, a few blocks from this one in Shepherd Street.
How trees ‘see’ water
Just around the corner from these works in Pine street we humans may see how trees ‘see’ water.
The paw paw tree in our road verge garden in Myrtle Street is denied water by the concrete kerb which has no cuts in it to direct water to the garden and, instead, sends water away to Sydney Harbour.
But our Myrtle Street verge garden has water in it, directed and kept there by similar drainage to that now being placed in Pine Street.
These photos show:
tree roots crossing over the paw paw trunk to grow down to the soil on the other side to find water;
the tree roots also provide structural support for the tree which is tall and leans away to one side where it seeks sun that’s mostly taken up by a nearby Brushbox tree.
When we keep rain water where it falls we may cool our streets by growing trees and plants more quickly and to greater heights and canopies.
Let the drops stay where they fall.