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Green landscaping

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 9, 2010, 1:32 p.m.
buying plants at farmers market

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Buy green

  • Buy locally produced goods — such as plants from farmers markets — whenever possible to reduce transportation emissions and costs.
  • Select plastic lumber made from recycled bottles and bags for benches and other outdoor structures.
  • Incorporate rubberized asphalt (made from recycled tires) for walking, running, bike or cart paths.
  • Purchase patio blocks and lawn edging containing recovered plastic or postconsumer rubber.
  • Use recycled glass for golf course bunker sand, beach sand, or filter media.
  • Buy hoses, tubing and trickle irrigation systems made from recovered plastic and old tires.
  • Purchase and incorporate plants that require minimal or no supplemental watering.
  • Purchase biodiesel and biobased1 lubricants for your equipment.
  • Purchase organic, biobased or slow-release fertilizers, and use biopesticides instead of conventional pesticides.