The green spaces of homeowners associations, office campuses, industrial parks, schools, park districts and other large properties are expensive and complex to maintain.
Sustainable landscaping—changing practices to reduce these landscapes’ adverse impacts on the environment and make them easier to care for—can be beneficial to property owners, the surrounding community and the planet. These large landscapes also can make a real difference in the health of people and ecosystems.
Conventional landscape management segments a property into pieces. There are lawn maintenance contractors, arborists, pond specialists, and landscape contractors that tend to the shearing of hedges and the planting of annual flowers. Often, no one specialist looks at the overall picture of the landscape and how all the parts interact. Consequently, large landowners spend a lot of money perpetuating dysfunctional landscapes. In addition, heavy applications of herbicides, pesticides, and other toxins are often used to make poorly chosen plants look healthy.
PDF: By the Morton Arboretum (2014). http://www.mortonarb.org/files/14CT_SLRCA_02-25-14_CP_fin.pdf