Natural lawn / 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?

...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 ...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...natural pools are becoming more common here as well. Why choose a natural swimming pool over a chlorinated pool? Natural pool image via naturalswimmingpools.com Swimming in a chlorinated pool is refreshing and enjoyable on a hot day, but pales in comparison to the experience of swimming in a natural body of w...

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...

Urban farming
Landscaping

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...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...natural fertilizer. The crop includes an assortment of greens and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, snow peas, swiss chard, kale, herbs, etc. "Our goal is to become self-sufficient, at least as much as possible. I could grow enough to provide for several families if I wanted, but our original goal was ...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...natural resources and food production, so the ability to grow food in one capacity or another is a skill that may be quite valuable for future generations. 7.) Try lasagna gardening (it's a method, not what's grown) The easiest way to turn a backyard lawn into an organic food-producing garden is by building a lasag...

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...