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    How does one beat the heat, apart from the traditional methods?

    We all know that neem trees give us maximum shade. We also know that we need to consume a good amount of fresh coconut water, the juices from water melon, and eat mangoes that actually cools down our bodies.

    However, the temperatures in most parts of the country, are upwards of 45 degrees. What can be done to beat this heat?

    Since am not aware of the nature of trees, Members may please chip in with the variety of trees that actually will not only help us beat the heat, but also keep the entire atmosphere cool;.

    Surely, there must be some methodology for growing such trees, and there must be some logic, based on scientific evidence to support such a logic.

    Members may also highlight the trees that do not need much of water. In the place I live, we go for what we call "punga maram", which does give a lot of shade, but this tree takes years to grow, unlike the neem trees.

    Please do let us know what all we can do to beat the heat. Growing trees is one thing. Can we consider roof gardens as an effective solution?
  • #636805
    Vetti Veru mats (mats made of special roots) can be arranged to the windows and to be regularly watered. It is natural AC which we used them at my childhood times. Along with cool breeze like AC, these roots emit a special smell which is very plesant. To view the image Vetti veru mat:-

  • #636814
    Apart from Banyan tree, peepal tree, Neem tree which does not want water, but takes lots of time to grow however give the needed shade during the summer. Sal tree and gulmohar trees are other varieties which need more space and does not need water but gives good shade.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #636827
    The mats made of vetiver are very good for keeping cool in the houses and maintaining the cold temperature. Even in many manufacturing Organisations where you have to keep high humidity, these mats are used and water is being spilt on these mats and water is circulated to keep the temperature very low. This is a very good method which s very effective and a very good smell will come from these roots when you spray water on it. Subabul trees don't require much water to grow and they spread like anything. They provide very good shelter on roadsides. Neem trees, tamarind trees and neredu trees are very good on roadsides to give you shelter. Another method is the coolers arranged in the windows of the house from outside with water circulation also will give you a good cold breeze and keep the environment cool and humid.
    always confident

  • #636836
    "Arboriculture" is a science which deals with the trees planted outside for providing shade and also protection from industrial air pollution. This science deals with the selection of tree for a specific purpose, nurturing them and to calculate their growth over a period of time. I do not have any knowledge about trees but the common varieties for shade are Banyan, Peepal and Neem trees etc.,
    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #636885
    New Delhi is one city that others can learn from, especially the parts with endless tree-lined avenues. Smart selection of trees that give a good canopy and spacing can give us the shade we look for. Neem, Arjan, Jambu trees are good. In Bangalore, we have sampige trees, these are not very tall but give good flowers with fragrance.

    What we can do is have vertical gardens at public places, traffic circles, and junctions. These can be started at the major pillars along the metro train lines. flyovers etc.

    I remember in our village homes in South India during summer holidays, they would have wet dhotis spread out on bamboo poles (that were used to dry clothes) to keep the hall or room cooler. We had wooden cots (that were strung with threads), below the cot, on the floor grandfather used to spread a wet large towel or lungi, to keep it cool at the night.

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