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Sustainable Backyard Landscaping

Sustainable backyard landscaping – what does that mean? Simply it involves gardening activities that do not cause long term environmental harm nor misuse of non-renewable resources. These website links will introduce you to backyard management ideas that are sustainable. It really is not complicated – once you understand the basics. As a global society it is becoming more obvious that our actions influence others. As a society we are just beginning to identify and change our day-to-day activities to reduce and/or eliminate environmental outcomes that will impact future generations. Learn how you can start to do your part in your own backyard.

American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Sites Initiative

Loehrlein, et. al. Sustainable Landscaping

The Pennsylvania State University Center for Green Roof Research

Michigan State University Green Roof Program

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Planning tree windbreaks in Missour. Univ. of Missouri Extension

Recycling Gray water Home Gardens, UMass Extension

University of Illinois Composting websites

National Water-Quality Assessment Program


MELA, Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association