Monday, June 17, 2013

System Pavers


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The US water table is sinking at a rapid rate. This means that there is less water for industry, for homes, and for gardens. in the coming decades water use may be restricted to functional necessities with none left over for display.

When it comes to display, of course, one of the biggest water users at the typical home is the familiar green lawn. As water becomes scarcer, it may become necessary to find alternatives. One solution is hardscape. Patios or courtyards could take the place of all or part of some lawns.

Installation of hardscape is best handled by professionals who know how to install paving stones so that they stay even and level. Once the surface is paved, however, maintenance is relatively low.

Lawns can also be replaced by ground covers. Clover, in particular, tolerates dry weather and mowing, although it is not quite as durable as grass.

Many other ground covers can be used to good effect.

Shrubbery, perennials ad annuals can also replace parts of a lawn. By planting in beds and mulching with bark, straw or compost, gardeners can enhance the entire area. Planting beds can be used in conjunction with hardscape, of course. The area under trees is also a good candidate for mulching. Reducing the area of lawn on a property saves money and labor as well as water.

Whether the replacement is hardscape, ground cover, or planting beds, it can best present an attractive appearance without draining the bank or the water tank.

24 comments:

  1. I love the looks of pavers, they are a lot of work but definitely worth the work. If installed correctly they last for years and have very little upkeep.

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  2. this is something i should look into for my front lawn.

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  3. Beats mowing the lawn indeed. We don't have that problem up here, at least not anywhere near as soon as you guys will.

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  4. I cannot wait until we are able to buy a home! i love the look of pavers and have always wanted some!

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  5. What is the best way to prevent weeds in flowerbeds?

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  6. Great idea! Love the look of the paving stones.

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  7. We have gravel in the majority of our yard, makes life so much easier!

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  8. Pavers are great, and look nice. We have a huge patio in our backyard made of pavers. Nice for setting up chairs, kiddie pools, and fire pits, too :)

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  9. Wow those look really nice!!!!

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  10. Pavers are awesome. You did a great job.

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  11. That's so pretty. I would love to have this as a path in my back yard.

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  12. My husband did pavers and we love them.

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  13. This is the second post of yours that I shown to my husband (he is a builder)! And thanks for bringing to my attend the need to focus on grass substitutes for water conversation. I think that pavers are lovely.

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  14. We really wanted to do this in our front yard, but didn't know where to start!

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  15. We want to put pavers along the side of the house - but have been scared to take the leap!

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  16. I love the look of pavers...and when I own my next home we'll be doing something like this for sure!

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  17. My parents just installed some pavers---the final look (after some hard work) is gorgeous! I like the look of the one you have pictured.

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  18. I love the look of pavers.. Great post.

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  19. Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue!
    Im from a Farming background, and I remember my Dad used to worry about water resources ( even back in the 90's )

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  20. We are looking at extending our porch area in our backyard and are researching what we would need to do to do that in the most cost effective way. Thanks for the info. No green lawns would make me sad though, were do my kids play?

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  21. We've actually been discussing pulling up some of our grass to extend our patio area around the pool. The pavers look like a better way to go than plain old concrete.
    But I'll still have some lawn. :)

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