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Old 10-30-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Landscape for Life

Plants Workbook


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As wilderness shrinks and suburban acreage increases, what we plant in our gardens is increasingly important. Much of the remaining natural landscape has been overrun by invasive species and fragmented by roads, subdivisions, and industrial complexes, tattering the web of life that supports us. Even if we protected every remaining natural area, there would not be adequate habitat for many beleaguered plants and animals.

However, home gardens can mimic the complexity of disappearing forests, prairies, and deserts and help support a surprising number of species, including pollinators and songbirds. Plantings suited to the conditions on our properties can also conserve water, increase the energy efficiency of our homes, help combat climate change, and enrich our lives with beauty.

In this workbook, you’ll learn how to identify any invasive plants in your landscape, and how to select plants adapted to the conditions on your property. You’ll also find information on growing native plants, landscaping for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, protecting your garden’s “biomass,” greening your lawn, reducing the urban heat island effect, and planting to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
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Plants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Identify and remove invasive species on your property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Grow plants adapted to the conditions in your garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Grow native plants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
What’s your ecoregion? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Landscape for wildlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Protect and restore your landscape’s vegetation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Green your lawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Landscape to increase your home’s energy efficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Creating summer shade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Blocking winter winds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Reduce the urban heat island effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
http://www.landscapeforlife.org/publications/LFL_Workbooks_Plants.pdf
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