by Carl Salsedo, Ph.D.
Extension Educator, Horticulture
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.