Backyard Redesign for Heat Reduction and Storm Water Management

Landscaping for heat reduction & storm water management

The Garden at 31-81

The Garden at 31-81

This project has accomplished:

  • Reduction of ambient heat behind the building;
  • Air conditioners are not used as often;
  • Dramatically improved storm water drainage; and
  • Provides a unique (to Astoria) backdrop for 31-81 residents.

Phase 1: Steps taken prior to the design and implementation (cleanup)

  • Excavation and removal of buried concrete slabs, large rocks and pavers (scattered all throughout the previously paved yard);
  • Balancing, adding to and treating existing soil with organic fertilizers and peat moss;
  • Removal of existing dead/dying grass, weeds while preserving three existing Rose of Sharon, one rose bush and a full sized tree;
  • Utilized mulch to outline the new lawn design.

Phase 2: Design Implementation

The garden at 31-81 before landscaping

The garden at 31-81 before landscaping.

The garden at 31-81 landscaping phase 1

“The garden at 31-81 landscaping: Phase 1

The garden at 31-81 landscaping phase 1 complete

The garden at 31-81 landscaping phase 1 complete

The garden at 31-81 landscaping phase 1 complete

The garden at 31-81 landscaping phase 1 complete

Design and installation by Andrew Brooks.

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The Apartments at 31-81 are a privately owned and operated rental property in Astoria New York, focused on bringing value, style and sense of home to its tenants. All upgrades, repairs and maintenance performed on the property are done by the landlord or by licensed, bonded and insured improvement firms (no subcontractors).