Be Kind to the Earth with Earth-Kind Landscaping

By Susan Littlefield

Earth-Kind? Landscaping is a system developed by Aggie Horticulture?, part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, as a way to help gardeners create attractive landscapes that are kind to Mother Earth. Using research-proven techniques that have been tested under real-world conditions, Earth-Kind? Landscaping provides a guide for planting for maximum beauty and enjoyment, while preserving and protecting the environment through water conservation, reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use, landscaping for energy conservation and reduction of the amount of landscape waste going to landfills.

Also included on the Earth-Kind? website are sections on growing low-input roses, selecting plants that are tolerant of drought, heat and pests and using integrated pest management techniques. A series of podcasts covering topics related to Earth-Kind? landscaping are available to listen to. The website's current featured topic is drought preparedness in urban landscapes, with a video on landscape water conservation and links to related publications.

Although the Earth-Kind? system was developed with the needs of Texas gardeners in particular in mind, there is so much good general information at this site that gardeners in all parts of the country will find many helpful suggestions for creating thriving, environmentally responsible landscapes no matter where they plant their shovels.

To find out more about Earth-Kind® Landscaping, go to: Earth-Kind .

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