Ground cover / 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?

...Ground cover.” Groundcover Plants as an alternative to Standard Grass Lawns Groundcovers sprawl across the ground, keeping low and eliminating the need to m...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...ground source heat pumps, two systems that have only one thing in common: they sit on and in the ground. Even government organizations muddy the story by callin...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...ground covers available that are low maintenance, require infrequent cutting and are even edible. View The EcoHome Guide to Eco-Friendly Lawn Alternatives and G...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ground, be certain you have the funds available to see the project through to the end. Getting funds from a financial institution for a new build is different...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Cover the French drain with a layer of crushed stone, then cover it with a geotextile to prevent the accumulation of sediment. Notes for Drains under FPSF o...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

...ground covering strawberries do little more than make for fat, happy chipmunks, hanging them means you might get to eat some too. DIY upside down tomato planter...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...ground cover. Plants that enjoy similar conditions and/or have a symbiotic relationship with one another are often arranged near one another in guilds. Careful ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...ground but still let the water flow through. Creating a permeable reservoir base: Fully saturated ground cannot always keep up with the rate of falling rain...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...ground) to preheat or precool air being fed into the air exchanger. For additional heat we installed two little mini-split heat pumps (one head on the ground ...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...Cover the pond surface with a net to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris Dismantle and drain filtration systems and pumps. Comparing cost - natu...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...covers? Another type of pool cover or blanket which is much more affordable, but with no safety value, is what is called a floating blanket. This blanket is s...