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Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips

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

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Tips for Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool including planning & building a pool for energy efficiency. Happiness is a warm pool - but how to heat it? Swimming in a warm pool is a wonderful feeling, and while we hear from many pool owners in the cooler states & provinces…

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

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

Ground covers & succulent plants offer an Eco-friendly alternative to traditional high maintenance lawn, the bonus is, Bees love them too. Alternatives to 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 alternati…

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better. How to grow vegetables & fruits in a garden Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, so w…

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

How to build decks with greater durability - permits, deck materials, railings, foundations & construction techniques for longer lasting decks including natural wood finishing oils & stains. Deck building topics for durable deck construction: Meeting setbacks and getting building permits in Canada & US Creating a sol…

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

How to identify and choose plants that are native to your region. Invasive plants are defined as plants from other continents, countries or even other regions of Canada. Humans have been introducing foreign plants to new lands since the 17th century, for horticultural, agricultural or medicinal purposes. Due to a lack…

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

How to create landscaping surfaces that allow for the absorption of storm water. Permeable Pavers or Paving Stones are best for Driveways and Paths Gaining an understanding of the importance of stormwater management may steer you towards a design and product choice in interlocking paver stones which will help you reta…

Edible Perennials

A guide to growing edible perennials.

Whether or not you're interested in edible landscape design, permascaping, or creating a food forest, this list of cold tolerant edible perennials is a great place to start. When beginning to think about permanent edible landscape design and forest gardening, taking in the general concepts of Permaculture can help tre…

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools. The origins of natural swimming pools Natural pools were inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes, a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a movement back in the…

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

Canadian aims to make home-grown greens accessible all year round. More and more people are informing themselves on various forms of urban farming to counteract the heavy ecological footprint of industrial agriculture. However, there are very few options for the increasing number of people wishing to get involved but…

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

How to get this drought-resistant efficient growing method working for you, a five step process. A keyhole garden is a circular raised garden bed with a compost basket at the center and a keyhole-shaped path that allows access to the entire garden. The compost basket can be fed throughout the season and will continual…

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

The flat plate solar thermal collector from Viessmann has a modulating collector to prevent overheating.   Solar thermal panels in cold climates are at risk of freezing in winter, so in the North, we use a glycol mix as a heat transfer fluid. This prevents panels from freezing but introduces new problems in the summer…

Advice

Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?

Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

How can I find a natural pool designer?

Posted by James Ford-Hutchinson Aug. 14, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 2 Responses

What is the best deck material?

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

How can we clear up green pool water after adding bog plants and lillies?

Posted by Mercedes McCloughan June 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Do you install natural pools?

Posted by Eric Wilson April 24, 2020, 10:42 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

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