Why sustainable landscaping matters to the environment

Where do I start? The traditional landscape is an environmental train wreck:

  • It fragments and destroys native habitat.
  • It consumes natural resources.
  • It causes strip mining, clear cutting of forests, and other negative effects at the source of materials.
  • It introduces nonnative plants that invade and devastate wild ecosystems.
  • It wrecks waterways and groundwater through the leaching of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. (Of the nitrogen applied to lawns, 40 percent to 60 percent ends up in the water.)
  • It increases runoff, which results in urban flooding and further damage to waterways.
  • It fills canyons and landfills with waste.
  • It increases global warming through the use of fossil fuels.
  • It wastes precious water to keep useless ornamental plants and lawns alive.
  • Outdoor power equipment creates noise in every neighborhood.
  • Pesticides kill 60 million to 70 million birds each year, not to mention their negative effects on beneficial insects and other wildlife.
  • Pesticide use in the United States is ten times greater for landscaping than for agriculture.

Cowabunga! What a mess! Added to these effects are those on human well-being:

  • The health of one in every seven people is affected by pesticides.
  • Air pollution caused by pesticides and fossil-fuel use damages everyone's health.
  • Each year, 60,000 to 70,000 severe accidents and fatalities are caused just from lawn mowing.

This has got to stop. Sustainable landscaping addresses all these issues by cleaning up the system, making these effects unnecessary, and respecting the environment. Simply put, sustainable landscaping is good for the environment because it does things the right way.

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening

Gardening is also a great way to provide healthy food for you and your loved ones. When you buy produce from the store, it just isnt the same as presenting a salad to your family that came exclusively from your garden worked by your own two hands.

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