Rain Gardens

Improving water quality with nature as a guide

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When you think of things designed to help consumers and homeowners reduce their environmental footprint, chances are some of the first to come to mind are of the high-tech variety: solar PV systems, spray-foam insulation, electronic monitoring equipment, and other, costly investments. However, the last two decades have seen a considerable uptick in another eco-conscious application, the rain garden, which demands far less in the way of both maintenance and materials.

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Practical, Prudent, and Posh

Right-sized homes blend sustainability with beauty

GA Exterior GreenAlliancePhotographed by Mike Lockhardt

Deb Regan, a resident of Laurel Court in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived two blocks away on Mangrove Street when she first happened upon her future neighborhood. She had become intrigued by the construction of what was described as a “high-performance” subdivision.

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Fighting the Holi-daze

Local experts help find balance in chaos

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You spent weeks planning Thanksgiving dinner—ordered the free-range turkey, stocked up on a bevy of local libations, put your own well-honed spin on all the fixin’s—and now, it’s over. With the faint din of football droning in the distance, you dry the last dish, grab your glass of merlot, and head to a living room filled with laughter and loved ones. Scanning the room to take in the smiling faces, the family, and friends, you forget for a second the untold hours and near disasters that made it all possible.

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Pest Control, Naturally

Local firm offers a low-impact pest control alternative

Chances are you have had this experience: It’s the first truly warm day of the year—late March, let’s say—and you have just gotten back from an unseasonably balmy park walk or seashore picnic. You walk through the front door, take off your shoes, head to the kitchen to start preparing the night’s dinner, and happen upon a trail of slowly moving black specks on the counter.

GA WingedCarpenter JosephCalevPhotograph by shutterstock.com/Joseph Calev

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