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8 Trends for Sustainable, Edible and Productive Landscape Design

Sustainable landscape design offers solutions for the environmental problems that traditional landscape design creates. Most landscaping, whether commercial or residential, creates numerous environmental hazards by wasting water, energy, and other resources. Fortunately, sustainable landscape design has become increasingly available and trendy in order to address these issues. By using principles of sustainable landscape design, you... Read More

Sustainable Architect: William Hefner

William Hefner is a Los Angeles-based sustainable architect who is well-known to his celebrity clientele such as Ed Begley Jr. Hefner’s fascination with architecture, which began during his international travel as a student, inspired his appreciation for art and design and the pursuit of his career. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art... Read More

What is Regenerative Landscape Design- Steps to Take

We live in times when it has become critical to exercise good judgement in the management of our resources. Regeneration involves processes that restore, renew or revitalize sources of energy and materials, which is green landscape design. This challenges us to envision a community in which we live within the limits of our available renewable... Read More

How to Adapt Landscape Design to Climate Change- Green Landscape Design

With so much unpredictable weather on a global scale, it is becoming the “new normal” to adapt to climate change. This can be particularly challenging when it comes to green landscape design, which is now compromised by things like heat island effect, droughts, CO2 fertilization, evapotranspiration, carbon sequestration, salt water intrusion, and ultraviolet radiation.  ... Read More

Innovative Patio and Outdoors: Use Compost, Save Soil

If you live in a city where the local government provides a compost bin, then kudos to you. You have an advantage on green outdoor living and healing the planet from environmental destruction. For those of us in most cities and suburbs, we don’t get a tiny plastic bin to store on our countertop to... Read More

Organic Mosquito Repellent: Avoid Zika Virus and West Nile

Fear is a driving factor regarding news reports of global viruses that seem to be popping up out of nowhere. This is not to say that fear of illness isn’t real, it just means that it doesn’t have to take over your everyday well being. Organically preventing West Nile and Zika Virus There are natural... Read More

Community Gardens: How to Plant Your First Sustainable Crop

For organic-minded sustainable gardeners, there are a few considerations when planting a sustainable garden. Where are you going to plant it, how are you going to keep it fertilized and watered, and how will you keep your plants pest-free? If you take a moment in the spring to plan your garden, you’ll reap the benefits... Read More

Living Walls: The Ultimate Green Living Technique

If you live in an apartment, you probably know the value of space and know a trick or two on how to maximize it. As a lover of nature I love to surround myself with greenery. I find plants to be beautiful and they seem to make me happy, which has been validated by scientists. However, I... Read More

Hemp Farming

A Heal Estate Favorite: Originally published August 17, 2015 Check out your state to see if it supports Hemp Farming, and register to start a petition to allow farmers to grow hemp. This article will explain why this is such an important step for you to take. There are 15 states in the United States... Read More

Errors of Emission

“We are stardust Billion-year-old carbon And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” ~ Joni Mitchell, lyrics to Woodstock In the classic, An Inconvenient Truth, Earth steward Al Gore laid out for us, cleanly and with humor, why the way we conduct our lives matters monumentally — and how we each have a... Read More

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