Sometimes the Neat Features don’t have to be inside your home – they can be on the outside. Or maybe even on the curb. That’s what it is with today’s Neat Feature: plants.
One of the great things about modern city living is how effective the roads are at draining off rain water so we don’t get standing pools of water on the road – or worse – around the foundations of our homes.
The problem is that all of this rushing water can carry with it quite a few toxic chemicals. Everything from that cleaner you spilled on your deck to the pesticide you used in your yard, become fair game for rainwater to pick up.
In small quantities these aren’t much of an issue. But the more the rain water gathers in one spot, the higher the concentrations become. That’s why some homes, and now some cities, are taking steps to use plants along the curb to “clean” the toxic chemicals by absorbing a lot of the rain water before it hits the city’s sewage system. (As you can see in the picture above.)
image from This Old House