Opportunities taken, opportunities missed.
Reservoir suffers from heat waves. All suburbs do, but some more than others and Reservoir has been identified by our Local Government as high on the heat wave risk raider. There are a number of reasons why, but the reason I am interested in has to do with the lack of vegetation in our streets. In the absence of tall trees with dense canopies, our homes and us are very exposed to direct sunlight and heat.
Hard paving radiates heat back up into your face and body if it has not been shaded during a summers day.
Trees and shrubs also help to reduce the number of air borne particulates that make it into your house. Trees with very fine foliage and density of foliage are better able to trap particulates, which eventually make their way into soil. Trees do not remove particulates but they help to filter them away from your breathing lungs.
As a home owner, or renter (although so much harder for renters) you can contribute to the heat waves by foregoing a garden or you can make the very most of the patch of earth that is temporarily yours and plant every bit of it.