Gardens & Landscapes March 26, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Landscaping | Design and Plant Selection | Construction and Implementation | Maintenance

Photo credit: Mary Meyer
Photo credit: Mary Meyer

Millions of dollars are spent each year designing, implementing, and maintaining urban landscapes. Unfortunately, long-term problems are caused when these processes are not carried out properly. Many of the problems can be avoided or reduced by utilizing sustainable landscape practices. A landscape developed with sustainable practices will improve the environment by conserving resources and reducing chemical applications. A sustainable landscape will also reduce labor inputs, making it less expensive to implement and maintain.

The key to creating a sustainable landscape is understanding that the design process should be considered first. Plant selection, implementation, and maintenance build on the design process, each having sustainability as a major consideration.[1]

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  1. ? Exerpt from SULIS, Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.