How-to guide from UC Extension to help California homeowners cultivate sustainable landscapes with a focus on water efficiency, plant selection, soil management and low-input pest management.
While being a good steward of our environment has been a goal of home landscapers for many years, there is increasing emphasis on adopting sustainable landscaping practices and principles. What exactly is sustainable landscaping? In a nutshell, it involves selecting plants that are adapted to your climate and microclimate and implementing maintenance practices that reduce water waste, protect water quality, nurture soil, recycle organic matter, incorporate integrated pest management (IPM), protect and encourage desirable wildlife, and conserve energy. (2014) By the University of California Extension.