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Landscaping with Trees

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 27, 2015 2:55:15 PM

Trees are a site’s biggest asset. These guidelines will help you protect and manage them through a construction project and beyond.

ASIDE FROM ADDING beauty to landscapes, trees perform several vital functions. They help stabilize soils, absorb rainwater and reduce the velocity and volume of rainwater hitting concrete and other impervious surfaces. They provide shade, especially on south and west façades; in the dry climate of the Southwest, for example, a shade tree can lower temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Trees also block wind, especially when planted near north façades. And they capture and store carbon.

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The Water Revolution is Here

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 26, 2015 9:54:18 AM

At current usage and population rates, international demand for water in 2030 will outstrip supply by 40 percent. As fresh water supplies dwindle, nations across the globe will face unprecedented, unsettling, and formerly unthinkable choices regarding water, compelled to make difficult decisions about how to allocate the precious resource.

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Energy Efficiency Tips for First-time Homeowners: Infographic

Posted by RESNET

Mar 25, 2015 6:15:00 PM

Are you a first-time homebuyer? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these great tips on home energy efficiency. Energy efficient homes are in demand because they cost less to run, are more comfortable to live in and enjoy higher resale values. Find out what you need to know to in order to make your first home an energy efficient one.

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Composting and Soil Building

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 23, 2015 1:30:16 PM

Here are some ways to keep valuable materials out of the landfill and onsite, where they can nourish soil.

NATURE'S METHOD OF decomposing organic matter enriches soil while enhancing its ability to retain moisture. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food scraps and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of total household trash; thus, composting diverts waste from landfills and prevents the associated methane gas emissions.

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Low-Mow Lawns

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 18, 2015 3:00:20 PM

Most of your clients will be reluctant to give up the lawn completely. Here are some ways to upgrade that patch of grass.

WITH MORE THAN 40 million acres of residential and commercial grass lawns in the United States, turfgrass is firmly rooted in American culture. Unfortunately, the conventional lawn has numerous drawbacks: it requires frequent mowing, irrigation and fertilizer application, and it is commonly treated with pesticides. These applications are largely void of wildlife and pollinators and do not nourish the soil.

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