Sustainable landscaping involves getting plants and lawn to thrive over an extended period of time. It shares some aspects of organic gardening and the green movements; incorporates the use of native plants; and essentaily represents good gardening practices. It's initiated by good design and proper installations; incorporates elements that lower maintenance; and relies predominantly on natural sources for nourishment.

For large properties, it encourages the surrender of substantial square footage to woodland or meadow. For large lawns, it suggests a “country lawn alternative”, permitting non-threatening weeds such as dandelion and clover; a configuration that eliminates corners, steep slopes, and assorted obstacles; and maintenance adjustments that enable grass to better cope with extremes of heat and drought.

Planting beds become home to disease and pest resistant selections that are suitable to the exposure, moisture, and drainage conditions of the site, and that will not quickly overwhelm their neighbors. Hedges are used in moderation, and large, fast growing plants are banished from locations near the house to more expansive open areas, where they can grow freely and take on their characteristic natural shapes. And to avoid a claim of austerity, allowance is made for fussy favorites smartly located to receive extra protection and care.

All of the above offer hefty paybacks both short term and long. Expect moderate to fast growing plants to begin asserting themselves by year three, and curb appeal taking hold by the eighth year. It is in the ensuing years, however, that greatest rewards are secured as the sustainable landscape approaches maturity, while making a soft footprint on the environment.

  • Good Design
  • Plant/Site Match
  • Proper Spacing / Installation
  • Natural Nourishment
  • Lower Maintenance
  • Pest Resistance