It is a rare site that has not lost some of its wild character to the ravages of construction or to the forces of nature. Even the most careful builder will leave behind compacted soil and decimated tree cover. Only the hardest granite shoreline will resist the pounding waves; weaker stone and soils are eroded from below and slump toward the sea. New construction does not have to be followed by the ubiquitous grass on the leach field and lawn around the house. Shorelines do not have to be stabilized with towering slopes of blasted rock and riprap. Modern materials, anaylsis of a site, and a little imagination can return most landscapes to some semblance of their original appearance. In most cases, naturalizing a landscape or using bio-engineered techniques will result in a more stable and more sustainable ecosystem.

A seaside garden