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Permeable Paver Systems

Learn the basics of how a permeable paver system works.

Permeable Paver Systems

Wondering how a permeable paver system works? Here is some helpful information from the ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute). “Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) is comprised of a layer of concrete pavers separated by joints filled with small stones. Water enters joints between solid concrete pavers and flows through an “open-graded” base, i.e. crushed stone […]

Rain Garden Facts

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a typical city block will generate 9 times more runoff than a woodland area of the same size, because of impermeable surfaces. (University of Minnesota, Yard and Garden News, May 2001)

Rain Garden Facts

Illustration Courtesy Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, CLICK TO ENLARGE. Minnesota’s most notable attraction is its ever famous waterways, including streams, rivers, and lakes. We are truly lucky when it comes to the natural richness and beauty of our region. However, with each passing year, we grow closer to losing our north woods heritage. Water […]

The Environmental Benefits of Landscaping

Landscaping good for you and the environment

The Environmental Benefits of Landscaping

Water quality protection. Proper landscaping reduces nitrate leaching from the soil into the water supply and reduces surface water runoff, keeping phosphorus and other pollutants out of our waterways and preventing septic system overload. Reduced soil erosion. A dense cover of plants and mulch holds soil in place, keeping sediment out of lakes, streams, storm […]

How “green” is your yard?

Five tips for designing an environmentally-friendly landscape

1. Plant and preserve trees. In addition to adding thousands of dollars to property values, mature trees will reduce heating and cooling costs, prevent erosion, help your yard retain rainwater, and provide habitat for birds and wildlife. Trees reduce CO2 by storing the carbon as cellulose and releasing the oxygen back into the atmosphere. So, […]

Designing Green

Landscape earns design award for Sustainable Environment

Designing Green

Southview designer, Bob Renaud, was honored this spring by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association with a design award in the “Sustainable Environment” category.

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