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Green landscaping

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 9, 2010, 1:32 p.m.
pink coneflowers with bee

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Reduce waste

  • Select low-maintenance or slow-growing plants, grasses or flowers, such as coneflowers. (pictured)
  • Reduce or eliminate plastic silt fencing and substitute with blankets, berms and filtersocks made of compost for erosion control.
  • Switch from pressure-treated wood to plastic lumber for decks, benches and signs.
  • When replacing an existing hardscape or structure, deconstruct, reuse and recycle all possible materials, including metal, wood, shingles, concrete and pavement.
  • Minimize turf grass and paved areas — keep as much natural area as possible.