Alternative to grass / Guides

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...alternatives? Alternative eco-friendly ground covers to grass Alternatives for grass - ground covers! Choosing an alternative to grass as a backyard play area for kids is not reserved for ‘hardcore environmentalists’; there are very sensible ground-cover alternatives that actually save a lot of maintenance, c...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...to its many benefits and ease of application. One of the main ‘pros’ of lasagna gardening is that it can be an easy way to smother out weeds and grass while enhancing soil over time, which is an ideal alternative to backyard lawns. Also see our page on bee-friendly ground covers as an alternative to lawns , as provid...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...toes, not more: According to Mick Hilleary, pond specialist and founder of Total Habitat , moving water and the natural predators of mosquito larvae that will inhabit chlorine-free water will make natural swimming pools practically mosquito free. In addition, having a natural swimming pond in your yard can actually...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...top falling for it so ' they' stop doing it, ok? Rant over (for now). Secondly, as we've been doing a lot less shopping to minimize the contact from outside our bubble for obvious reasons that we're determined not to mention, it's also great to be able to store plenty of laundry detergent easily, and to be very clear...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...to enhance visitor experience, to reduce the ecological footprint of the facility, and to demonstrate native plants as a viable alternative to conventional landscaping. The secret for a succesful green roof? Build the right team: Don’t underestimate the expertise necessary to design a successful green roof . Having...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...to choose a durable and non-toxic floor to ensure safe indoor air quality (IAQ). When you are making choices, find out the estimated lifespan and what maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Just a note, when you read 'FSC wood', that refers to Forest Stewardship Council , an international certification...