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Old 10-30-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Conventional vs. Sustainable Landscapes

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

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Landscape for Life - Getting Started:
Landscape for Life - Getting Started
Landscape for Life- Plants Workbook:
Landscape for Life - Plants Workbook
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
Aldo Leopold

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Old 10-30-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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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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