Silvia wants to build a deck. Michelle suggests using reclaimed wood: Terramai.com sells several varieties, including teak ($25 per square foot), for less than virgin teak from other suppliers.
For her yard: Michelle says the best eco-practices minimize the need for water and pesticides and are adapted for the local climate. Grasses best suited to the Northeast, where Silvia lives, include a mix of 50 percent Kentucky bluegrass, 30 to 40 percent red fescue, and 10 to 20 percent perennial ryegrass ( Seedland.com ).
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