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.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.
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