Ecological 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?

...grass lawns - ground covers! North American backyards have one main point in common – Kentucky blue grass. But here we’re talking about ground covers and alternatives to this grass , not a bunch of fiddle and banjo players jamming in your backyard. The traditional green grass we use to cover our front and back ya...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...grass-fed eggs and dairy Organic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy have a lower environmental impact than what comes out of large-scale production facilities. Grass-fed and pasture-raised animal products have also been shown to be more nutritious and bear less risk of bacterial contamination than the product from ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...grass grow, but not much. So aside from the ecological impacts that come with an impermeable world, you may need rubber boots to barbeque your dinner on an otherwise lovely evening. Permeable paver stones allow water to flow down between the joints of stones and into the sub-base drainage layers where water is stored...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...grass turf does not handle this climate well and consequently we end up using vast amounts of water to keep it looking healthy. If you do want to have a traditional lawn, there are drought resistant seed mixes available. Some are actually known as ' LEED grass '. If you are ready to break out of the norm, there are m...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...ecological balance of the pool and play an important role in slowing the growth of algae. 3) Biological filters: As water passes through the fibrous root structure of plants, micro-organisms concentrated on the root system act as a natural filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients from the water. Should ...

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...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 a certified Green Roof Professional (GRP), o...