Identify Microclimates

A microclimate is a climate that exists within a greater climate. Microclimates are created when environmental elements are modified to affect exposure to the sun, drainage patterns, temperature, wind, and humidity. Your home, for example, is a microclimate. It is designed to keep out wind and precipitation, and to hold in heat. Each room is often designed for a specific function. The outdoor environment can be looked at in a similar manner. Your yard has a series of outdoor spaces, “rooms” if you will. And each outdoor space has a different function. A successful xeriscape identifies the existing microclimates and matches them or modifies them to meet a desired function.

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