Reusing, recycle and repurpose hardscape materials in your garden
If your goal as a gardener is to further sustainability, it’s important to think through hardscape choices.
Hardscape — the patios, walkways, decks and retaining walls of the garden — form the backbone of your garden design. Sustainable hardscape design considers the long-term effects of choices of hardscape products and the well-being of the environment. Weighing the alternatives includes looking at the manufacturing costs, and the energy needs of production and transportation of materials to your home. Environmentally aware gardeners use materials and design that utilizes recycling, promotes drainage, minimizes environmental damage and avoids toxic chemicals. Here are some tips and ideas for your sustainable hardscape planning.