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FREE ONLINE GUIDES FOR SUSTAINABLE HOME LANDSCAPE DESIGN

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has introduced a series of free online sustainable design guides that highlight cutting-edge ways for residential landscapes to support the environment—no matter the location or property size. The ASLA sustainable...

Sustainable Advantages and Inspirations of Redwood

Redwood lumber is naturally strong and durable, shrinks and swells less than other woods, and is less likely to warp or split. This natural strength, combined with its environmental benefits, makes redwood an ideal choice for any number of landscaping designs.

How Your Roof Affects the Environment: Know Before You Buy

Did you know traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner), resulting in about 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles ending up in U.S. landfills every year? According to industry data, roughly 7 million U.S. homeowners replace their roof each year and many are looking for new 'green', energy-saving options. Here's what you should know about metal.

The Benefits of a Clover Lawn Eco-Friendly Lawn Alternative

Before the 1950′s, clover was considered an essential and desired part of lawns. Then 2,4D broadleaf killer came on the market and smart marketing by the chemical companies influenced homeowners that anything but grass in their lawn was a weed. Clover’s benefits include high drought tolerance and nitrogen fixation – which make for an attractive and low maintenance “green” green lawn – no chemicals or fertilizer needed. Traditional manicured lawns use tons of water, broad leaf weed killers, and fertilizer. Adding clover to your lawn can end the need for this waste.

10 Low Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

The developing water shortage crisis in the U.S. has prompted many homeowners to turn to eco-friendly and low-maintenance lawn alternatives. And there are plenty of options -- everything from clover and moss to ornamental grasses and flower beds, all sharing eco-friendliness as a common denominator.

8 Amazing Eco-Friendly Fencing Options

Think your stuck with either wood or chain link for fencing for your yard? Think again. Woven hurdles, recycled composite fences, and living privacy tree lines are just some of the many eco-friendly fencing options you're about to discover. Even traditional wood fences can be an excellent earth-friendly option when you choose an FSC-certified manufacturer.

Sustainable Landscaping Using the SITES Framework

SITES is the culmination of years of research and development by leading professionals in the fields of soil, water, vegetation, materials and human health. By providing performance measures rather than prescribing practices, SITES supports the unique conditions of each site, encouraging project teams to be flexible and creative as they develop beautiful, functional and regenerative landscapes.

DIY Planting a Living Green Roof

One of the most important decisions when building a green home is choosing a roof type. Because the energy efficiency of a home often comes down to heating and cooling, it is of utmost importance that a green home has the right roof to provide insulation rather than...

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