Sustainability in your own backyard

From the Washington Post, Saturday, September 13, 2008:

As gardeners, we are at the forefront of the new Green Revolution.

Knowing this, gardeners can take steps to promote sustainability in their landscapes. It involves how you use your property — everything you own. 

Thirty years ago, most home landscaping consisted of lawn, foundation plantings, a few trees, and perhaps a bed for flowers or vegetables. Plants were chosen for their color when flowering and their availability at garden centers. Maintenance included mowing, fertilizing, spraying, pruning and watering.

But we now know that native plants can endure without synthetic chemicals or fertilizer, or much watering or labor, once established. And that insects that depend on native plants are important food for birds.

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