Sector to consider

Sector to consider are areas with specific conditions. For example, it can be a place that is sunny, sheltered, or windy. Finding out which different sectors a site has and then marking them on a map makes it easier to create an excellent overall solution. This section covers the most common sectors.

Sun sector

Sun sectors are the parts of the plot that have sunlight from morning to evening. Here in Sweden, this sector’s size varies greatly depending on whether it is summer or winter. These differences are clearly seen in the pictures on the next page, with the summer solstices at the top and the bottom’s winter solstices. By finding out the boundaries of the sun’s movements and how high the sun is in the sky during the summer and winter, you can see how many hours of sun a place gets. Valuable information in many ways; for plants, animals, and people – as well as from an energy perspective.

Above, you see Stockholm’s sun angles with winter angles to the left and summer to the right. If you want to find out your solar times, you can do so on the Sun Earth Tools website.

Wind sector

Another important sector to consider is the wind sectors, where certain winds have an unusually large impact. If you have lived for a long time in a place, you probably have a good grasp of how the winds move over the plot. If not, you need to observe the winds over at least one year to get an answer to common questions such as; From where do the harsh storms in the autumn and the cold winter winds come? From where do the cooling breezes and the hot, dry summer winds come? Could a specific spot be suitable for a small wind shelter? Could you plant trees and shrubs or build a trellis to create wind protection in a windy place?

Viewing sector to consider

Viewing sectors are places where you want to be able to sit and enjoy nature. Let this take some time to figure out, and be happy to go exploring in different seasons. To let it take some time makes it is easier to discover beautiful places to be preserved. Who knows, maybe there are hidden gems on your plot that could become beautiful viewing sectors.

Noise sector

In more densely populated areas, there is often “noise” that one wants to avoid. Find out what type of noise it is and what part of the plot it disturbs the most. If the sound needs to be reduced, a fence or the like can be a good solution, but be sure first to check what rules apply to your area. Another solution is to plant dense plants, which are fantastic at stopping the noise.

Dust sector

The dust sector to consider is often forgotten, but dust and debris is something no one wants in their garden. When knowing which direction the dust comes from, a good solution can be to plant shrubs and trees in that area – because the winds swirl less around them than around a fence.

Odour sector to consider

In an area, there are always lots of smells to consider. In some areas, there are lovely scents that make us stop and enjoy the moment. In other areas, there are smells that you would rather avoid. They can come from the land itself or with the wind. Depending on what smells it is, one can create different ways to both reinforce and reduce the odours.

Flooding sector

A flood sector is an area where water sometimes overflows. This sector is usually seen as a problem, but a problem can be the solution to something else, as said before. To find the best solution, it is vital to observe what is happening and what opportunities are available on the site.

One should, at the same time, remember that the water brings plenty of extra nutrients. One solution may be to plant plants that thrive on being flooded at regular intervals. If there is enough soil moisture all year round, a beautiful and useful solution can be a pond with water-loving plants surrounding it. If it is not possible to solve the problem in place, it should be examined whether the excess water can instead be connected to the rest of the water flow over the site. This way, both the water and its nutrition can be useful elsewhere.