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Sustainable Advantages and Inspirations of Redwood

Guest post by Sarah Billig, Humboldt Redwood Company A decade ago, sustainable home features used to be limited to a privileged choice. While market growth and technology have made sustainability both more affordable and accessible, many builders and homeowners may...

How Your Roof Affects the Environment: Know Before You Buy

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. Traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner),...

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...

SMART, STYLISH AND SUSTAINABLE: THE TOP 7 LANDSCAPE DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2017

With renewed enthusiasm for the outdoors, today’s homeowners are embracing thoughtful design, stylish plantings and smart technology to enhance their landscapes as extensions of their homes. As consumers begin planning for the spring growing season, the National...

10 Low Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

There’s nothing quite like a big, lush, and beautiful lawn. Is there any better feeling than walking barefoot through soft grass, or laying out a blanket on the lawn and feeling the sun on your face? The perks of traditional turf lawns, however, come with some serious...

8 Amazing Eco-Friendly Fencing Options

What if we told you that it's possible to find a fence for your yard that checks off all the boxes on your wishlist -- one that's sustainably-made, highly durable, and totally gorgeous? Now, what if we told you there are a lot of different options to choose from?...

LiveRoof Patented Hybrid Green Roof Systems

Your Project is Unique.   It Deserves a Unique Green Roof. Green roofs aren’t one size fits all. That’s why LiveRoof's experienced local representatives evaluate, recommend and grow vegetated roof systems and plants based on the specific site conditions of your green...

Sustainable Landscaping Using the SITES Framework

Sustainable SITES Initiative SITES is a sustainability-focused framework that ushers landscape architects, engineers and others toward practices that protect ecosystems and enhance the mosaic of benefits they continuously provide our communities, such as climate...

Who doesn’t want their yard to be a welcoming oasis? Still, for the majority of homeowners in the U.S., that means manicured grounds of the greenest grass. In our efforts to get that perfectly pruned look, homeowners in the U.S. are having a significant negative impact on the environment. Consider this: 30 to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used on lawns and as much as 50 percent of it is wasted due to inefficient irrigation methods. Homeowners use 10 times the amount of pesticides and fertilizers per acre on their lawns as farmers do on crops. Again, the majority is wasted due to inappropriate timing and application. Plus, the runoff of these chemicals becomes a major source of water pollution. One final startling fact? Each year more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled during the refilling of lawn and garden equipment—more than the oil that the Exxon Valdez spilled in the Gulf of Alaska.

Make your outdoor oasis more eco-friendly by considering more sustainable ground covering (like xeriscaping), weighing the possibilities of things like rainwater catchment systems and rainwater gardens, and using water-efficient irrigation techniques. Top it all off with a patio made from permeable pavers and a deck built from reclaimed wood. Maybe consider a natural swimming pond as part of your eco friendly landscaping, too!

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.

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