Landscaping

  • Used as an element of passive design, landscaping can help provide windbreaks against winter winds or a cooling buffer during summer.
  • If possible, shading should be deciduous to take account of the seasons. However, be mindful that most native trees and shrubs are not deciduous.
  • As a general rule, use deciduous trees or vines to the north, and deciduous or evergreen trees to the east and west.
  • Deep verandahs, balconies or pergolas can be used to shade east and west aspects, but may still allow in low angle summer sun.
  • If clearing your site to build new premises, retain as much native vegetation as possible.
  • Rehabilitate disturbed areas following construction with saved topsoil and salvaged plants.
  • Choose plants for outdoor areas that are indigenous to the North Sydney area, rather than introduced exotics. Click to view North Sydney Council's Noxious Weeds Guide which gives advice on plants you shouldn't choose.
  • Use drought tolerant ground cover plants instead of paving where possible to keep the temperature of the ground and surrounding surfaces lower in summer.
  • Install a drip irrigation system.
  • Install a rainwater tank for irrigation. Rebates are available.