Landscaping and Individual Lots

Mark E. Hostetler

in The Green Leap

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271104
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951877 | DOI:
Landscaping and Individual Lots

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This chapter discusses the importance of creating and maintaining more natural landscapes within individual lots. A historical perspective of people's fascination with mowed lawns and the ways in which highly maintained lawns contribute to environmental degradation are summarized. Strategies are listed for how residents can create a more natural landscape. For developers, examples of more native landscape designs and management plans are listed. For policy makers, incentive-based and regulatory policies that encourage sustainable landscape designs and management strategies are discussed.

Keywords: urban biodiversity; conservation; conservation subdivision; native plants; policy makers; developers; sustainability; landscape architecture; urban ecology; land stewardship

Chapter.  7685 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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