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Permeable Patio - Carlson built to replace an old, impermeable concrete slab. She laid ribbons of stones she had collected for years—bounty sifted out of the soil in her clients' gardens—between aggregate pavers. Then she swept a commercial compost made from garden clippings and vegetable trimmings into the spaces between the pavers to promote feathery moss growing in the gaps. Backyard Patio, This Old House, Permeabl Patio, Rivers Rocks, Commercial Compost, Sustainability Gardens, Old Houses, Gardens Rocks, Patio Ideas
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grassy paving - put mother-of-thyme or other low-growers that don't need mowing, and use it for parking lots instead of asphalt. Most wil survive. What doesn't - put asphalt there only. And you will end up with a less heated, more water-absorbent surface, much healthier and greener.
Even the tiny patio by Jennifer Carlson's back door of her city garden in Seattle, Washington, incorporates sustainable gardening methods by using permeable materials to allow water to percolate back into the ground. (Saxon Holt Photography/PhotoBotanic Garden Library)
Interplanting concrete pavers with mondo grass around your pool makes for a pool deck that's got a more natural feel, plus the grass just feels cushy and cool on your feet. Mondo grass is very low maintenance. We design and install pools and pool areas in the Minneapolis St. Paul MN area. www.aldmn.com