This is a topic that I haven’t written about for awhile but its another way that you can make a really positive change in your home landscape – choosing eco-friendly paving solutions.
One of the goals of a good, eco-friendly landscape is to allow water to percolate down and stay ON the property, rather than running off into storm drains. When water runs into storm drains, it can not only take chemicals and pollutants with it, but it can also cause flooding during times of heavy rains.
Here’s a great article that I found online recently entitled Eco-Friendly Paving Solutions.
The article says, “A host of paving products let water percolate through to the ground underneath, limiting water runoff, preventing erosion, filtering out pollutants, and improving the health of soil and vegetation. If you are planning a driveway, patio, sidewalk, or garden path project, consider permeable pavers or concrete to allow for natural drainage while providing a solid surface strong enough to handle vehicles and people.”
The article goes on to list several products, with great photos and more details, for porous pavement, open concrete grids, and permeable pavers.
It’s a great article if you are planning any major landscape design changes in the near future.
Read the full article here: Eco-Friendly Paving Solutions.
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