University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System: Water Quality and the Home Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping: Healthy Environments


by Carl Salsedo, Ph.D.

Extension Educator, Horticulture

Consider water quality in your landscapes

Creating a healthy environment as much as possible in your own yard eliminates the need for outside inputs of fertilizer and pesticides whose excessive use in the suburban landscape can be a source of runoff or non-point source pollution. Utilizing landscape management techniques and philosophies that work with nature virtually eliminate the need for watering and wasting this precious resource. As gardeners, each of us can make changes in our own backyards. Together, millions of households doing similar things can have a cumulative and positive effect.

  • Why are healthy environments important?
  • Laying the groundwork.
  • On-site organic recycling
  • Lawn alternatives.
  • Plant selection - conserving water
  • Co-existing with the deer
  • Restore the balance.
Gardening with Nature

CPTV Gardening with Nature:
Healthy Environments
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Sustainable Landscaping:
Healthy Environments