Lawn / Guides

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

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

...lawn Creeping Herbs, such as thyme and oregano Thyme makes a bee friendly, eco-friendly lawn alternative Japanese Sweet Flag Japanese Sweet Flag is a bright & eco-friendly lawn option Buffalo Grass Buffalo Grass makes an eco friendly lawn Clover choose Clover for a lower ...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

Lasagna gardening - what is it? The easiest way to turn a backyard lawn into an organic food-producing garden is by building a lasagna garden, as there is no digging required. The first thing we will clear up for any rookie gardeners; we aren’t planting noodle trees where we will be harvesting penne and rigatoni. ...

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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...lawns. Also see our page on bee-friendly ground covers as an alternative to lawns , as providing habitat for bees is an essential part of food production to encourage polination. A lasagna garden relies on recycled newspaper, cardboard, leaf materials, and traditional compost and soil material to achieve this, and ...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...lawn, offer to help turn it into a garden for half the yield. Less lawn to mow and free healthy food can be pretty enticing. And involve the local kids in your garden. Growing food is a skill that is lost to most urban dwellers, and it’s a skill our children may urgently need for in the century to come. 3. Energy eff...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...lawn - Read the EcoHome Guide Here For further reading, we found the following sites quite helpful: Total Habitat The Pond Clinic, Ottawa, ON

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...Lawns, for instance, can easily be transformed into garden plots, flowering perenial gardens can often accomodate plants that are both beautiful and edible, even forested areas on your property can produce food (and in some cases might already have something wild worth harvesting). 6.) Community gardens No so...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

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

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...Lawn Alternatives, Bee Friendly, Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Grass Lawns Project credits: Green Roof Designer / Landscape Architect O2 Planning + Design Architect Group 2 Architects Structural Engineer BEI Engineering Mechanical Engineer AME Group Electrical Engineer Robertson and Associates Engineering ...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...lawn and into the woods. If DIY solutions don’t work you may be left calling an exterminator. How to get rid of fruit flies: Getting rid of rotting fruit will certainly slow fruit fly population growth, but once you have them they will often find enough tasty stuff to keep a base population alive. A fruit fly trap ...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...lawn and driveway is directed away from your basement, not towards it. Having checked all that, and having prevented sudden and excess spring thaw water from arriving in your man-cave, the easiest and cheapest way to prevent basement floods is with a correctly specified and operational sump pump . Gutter downspou...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...Lawn that are Bee Friendly & Eco-Friendly see here , or to see all about growing Vegetables in the Shade, see here - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides