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Sustainable Landscaping

  • Posted by Mitchell Flexo on June 1, 2010 in Home/Garden
  • The grass lawn is as conventionally American as the white picket fence. Most homes in this country are surrounded by green grass. To stay healthy and green, grass requires large amounts of inputs, including water, fertilizer, and energy. Sure, grass lawns have some aesthetic and recreational benefits, but so do parks. Considering the state of the climate, it may be due time to reconsider the idea of the home lawn.

    A new movement is doing just that, calling for lawns to be reduced in size or removed altogether, and replaced with gardens that build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat.

    The book that helped inspire the movement is called 'Food Not Lawns.' The basic premise is that we should think about what we grow, and our choices should reflect not only aesthetics but also other purposes, such as food.

    If a vegetable garden isn't your thing, there are other sustainable landscape choices available. Growing plants that are native to your local ecosystem is an excellent wait to conserve resources, promote biodiversity, and minimize maintenance. Plant Native offers some helpful information about how to turn your lawn into a native plant paradise!

    —Mitchell Flexo

    Photo: Nathan Blaney/Getty Images


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