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Conservation Landscaping

What is a conservation landscape?

A conservation landscape is a garden that improves water quality, promotes and preserves native species, and provides wildlife habitat. Conservation landscaping replaces some of the turf grass of a traditional lawn with native plants. Benefits of Installing a Conservation Landscape Conservation landscaping offers many benefits to the community and the local environment.

The eight essential elements below represent the practice of conservation landscaping:

1. Designed to benefit the environment and function efficiently and aesthetically for human use and well-being;

2. Uses locally native plants that are appropriate for site conditions;

3. Institutes a management plan for the removal of existing invasive plants and the prevention of future nonnative plant invasions;

4. Provides habitat for wildlife;

5. Promotes healthy air quality and minimizes air pollution;

6. Conserves and cleans water;

7. Promotes healthy soils;

8. Managed to conserve energy, reduce waste, and eliminates or minimizes the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

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