Understanding Your Soil
A Green Yard
Yards are at the forefront of local environmental stewardship. Because residential land use is the most dominant land use in urban communities, we have the power to create a healthy landscape with high functioning ecosystems. Our design and plant choices can filter pollutants, supply food to pollinators (and us!), slow floodwaters, save energy…all the while allowing us to have fun and creating spare change in our pocketbooks.
Like soil and water, human health can always be managed better. About 80 million U.S. households dump nearly 90 million pounds of herbicides and pesticides on lawns per year. At times, pesticides are used as a last resort to save crops or homes, but is their use for purely cosmetic pursuits worth the health of children, pets, and our environment?
Everyone loves extending their living room outside in the summer. When you gauge how much lawn you actually need, there are ways to have a healthy lawn without toxic treatments.
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Take cues from nature. Even if you choose not to convert your home habitat to a completely naturalized landscape, such as a prairie or woodland, there are ways to design home landscapes that make spaces more environmentally healthy and family friendly.