Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

alternate pathways, tree roots and looking up

front walkway through vegetable beds integrated among perennials

backyard pathway leading to wooded area and driveway

pathway along side of house and cutting garden

grass pathway between edible garden beds
In the past I had always used permeable pathways. When I began designing this house my husband quickly pointed out that it would be quite difficult to shovel cedar chips or lawn. Because of the snow in this area I had to choose a pathway material that could be shoveled. If you do not live in an area with snow I encourage you to select pathway materials that are permeable. If you do live in an area with snow consider alternate and coordinating materials for areas that are used in the winter and those that are not used until spring and summer.

gravel pathway

flagstone pathways and patio
If you have been reading along you will remember that we will be removing two large trees this month. Both trees were damaged by concrete. The root crowns were made susceptible to fungal rot from compaction and  girdling. When you look down to plan, do not forget to look up. The roots of a tree extend just beyond the canopy over your head. If you are working below that canopy consider the impact of pathways and patios. Initially the canopy was a consideration when we chose to move our patio, unfortunately the driveway poured over the root system had already damaged the tree beyond repair.