Five steps to a healthy landscape: 1) Build healthy soil; 2) Plant right for your site; 3) Water smart; 4) Think twice before using pesticides and 5) Practice natural lawn care.
Builders, developers, and landscapers are adopting practices that preserve and improve the soil on building sites, grow healthier landscapes, and protect waterways. Local governments are beginning to require these practices.
Landscape professionals from around the Northwest have contributed and tested these ideas for resource-efficient, sustainable, cost-effective landscaping. They can be applied to any landscape design or use, from conventional lawn-and-bed designs to native restorations to innovative urban landscapes. Integrating these ideas from the initial project design stage through construction and into long-term maintenance will reap the most benefits. (2009) By Soils for Salmon for Seattle Public Utilities.