Lawns / 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?

...Lawns Groundcovers sprawl across the ground, keeping low and eliminating the need to mow, providing the perfect alternative to classic grass lawns. This category includes many low maintenance and creeping plants which spread quickly, smother weeds and fill out pathways without needing to resort to nasty herbicides. ...

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 ...

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...lawns to grow food. Lasagna gardening - the pros & cons First, the pro's of lasagne gardens: Lasagne gardens save money – much of what they are is recycled stuff Lasagna gardening improves and builds up the soil – adding drainage and tilth to clay soils and sandy soils Lasagna gardens are low maintenance – ...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...lawns with food production. And if you are a big egg eater, lobby for the return of egg laying hens in the city and build yourself a chicken tractor. You'll never mow again! And if possible, reduce your meat consumption. There are a lot of variables, but it is generally estimated that it takes about 10 kilos of grain...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...lawns where it's allowed - because plants are pretty useful for reducing nitrate content too. Graywater is more easily filtered and treated than "black" water, then used for secondary purposes such as flushing toilets, doing laundry and irrigating gardens - which at least doubles the use we get out of tap water. Is...

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...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...lawns or ornamentals Investing in the above, and other things such as efficient cooling towers, and other innovative approaches to reducing on-site water use is something already being done in Germany, Australia, and many other European countries. Improved water conservation and wastewater treatment regulations a...

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...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 Green Roof Plant Supplier Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds Green Roo...