In the past, patios were made with non-permeable materials, such as concrete, that often allow uncontrolled
water runoff into the yard and stormwater drain system. This runoff is mostly wasted, since it repeatedly overwaters or erodes certain areas or simply goes into the drainage system.
According to the EPA, 67 million pounds of toxic chemicals in the form of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are used each year on plants and lawns to create beautiful, green, insect-free yards and decks .The typical homeowner uses 10x more pesticides per acre than farmers, and applies harsh, toxic chemicals for deicing sidewalks and steps. But do they give any thought to where those chemicals actually end up or their impact on the environment?
**These articles are part of our book The ROOTs of a Greener Home. The home owner version (not eligible for any CE credit) can be purchased from Amazon as a gift or for viewing on your favorite device. For more information please visit www.GBRIonline.org/ROOTS.