We’ve talked about Florida friendly landscaping a lot here on the Rain Control Aluminum blog. This form of landscaping helps to protect the natural beauty of our Central Florida homes. One of the principles of Florida-friendly landscaping is avoiding synthetic chemicals as much as possible, whether those chemicals are acting as fertilizers or pesticides. These chemicals tend to strip the nutrition from the soil because they only replace nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous while ignoring all of the other minerals that are required to keep soil healthy. Chemical fertilizers can also poison the ground water..
What’s the weirdest thing we’ve ever put a gutter on? As it happens, it’s this turtle hut, below. What is a turtle hut? Well, in this case it is home to a gopher turtle which lives in the home owner’s back yard. The owners went ahead and put up a fence and a roof over the entry hole. They offer food and water and treat it like a household pet. We had hoped to get a photo of the turtle as well, but after a day of listening to us mess around with his roof..
Downspouts are an important part of the gutter system, but they often don’t receive as much attention as the gutters themselves. That’s why we thought we’d devote this blog post to giving you a sort of “downspout Bible” that you can use to make sure these vital water shedding systems are properly cared for. Where should downspouts be placed, and how many should there be? Many homes have just one downspout, but in reality there should often be more of them. You should have a downspout for every 20 feet of gutter. This allows the..