One of the things that didn’t survive Sandy was the concrete in my front yard. There was a gaping hole near the house and sand in my basement. I’m pretty sure that’s where most of the water came in. Although I never liked the ugly paved look, I was just going to pretty it up rather than remove the entire thing. Hubby thinks concrete > planting because it keeps water out of the basement. I’m looking for a practical yet appealing solution.