Permeable Patio
Photo: Mike Jensen
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Permeable Patio

A foot of crushed rock, a layer of landscape fabric, and an inch of sand form the base of the backyard patio, Carlson built to replace an old, impermeable concrete slab. She laid ribbons of stones she had collected for years—bounty sifted out of the soil in her clients' gardens—between aggregate pavers. Then she swept a commercial compost made from garden clippings and vegetable trimmings into the spaces between the pavers to promote feathery moss growing in the gaps.
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