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Cirsium 10-30-2011 04:25 PM

Landscape for Life - Conventional vs. Sustainable Landscapes
 
Landscape for Life

Conventional vs. Sustainable Landscapes


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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.
Landscape for Life -- Based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative


See Also:
Landscape for Life - Getting Started:
http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...g-started.html
Landscape for Life- Plants Workbook:
http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...-workbook.html
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linrose 10-30-2011 05:29 PM

Looks like a very good primer on sustainable landscapes, well done. This should get the conventional landscaper to consider sustainable landscapes as a sound alternative. I like that they included landscape design, ie wind barriers, heat islands etc. (seems ASLA might have something to do with that) in their considerations.


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