|Bayland Ave. Woodland Heights.|
As restoration and new construction sweeps the community, sidewalks that were once abandoned and neglected are being revitalized in this ecological way.
A Bioswale is a a landscape feature designed to drain water while at the same time remove silt and pollution from surface runoff. It consists of a channeled course with gently sloping sides and filled with vegetation, compost, or gravel. The channel will conduct water to a sewage system.
|Typical Bioswale and Culvert Bridge. Houston Heights.|
|A Bridge to match the picket fence of this Victorian house.|
|These two culvert bridges were built and paved with Pennsylvania Stone.|
|These neighbors built themselves a mini "Grand Canyon" in their swale, to match their gravel drive and pathways. The bottom of the swale was appropriately left unpaved.|
|And these neighbors have a whole garden growing in their swale, complete with several species of ground covers and flowers.|
|Here is a little bridge, and if you look carefully, you'll see that there are garden gnomes hidden among the grass clumps!|
And my favorite, it even has a weather vane:
All images by NPL.