Natural Landscaping

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19-DH2012_Front-Exterior_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960The American lawn is now the largest single ‘crop’ in the U.S. at more than 50 million acres, an area twice the size of Pennsylvania. Lawns use huge amounts of water—more than U.S. farmers use to grow wheat, or corn, or any other agricultural crop. The average homeowner spends 40 hours mowing their lawn.

SAVE MONEY AND TIME
Natural landscaping frees up your time, saves you money by reducing mowing costs, beautifies your yard, preserves land for wildlife, saves water, and protects water quality.

Natural landscaping is also an effective way to reduce or eliminate storm water run off pollution and to eliminate the need to water your lawn, saving you even more money and time. You will also save money by no longer purchasing pesticides or fertilizer.

DESIGN LIKE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
People stand in long lines and make reservations months in advance to visit Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright. When was the last time you saw people doing this for any home built by Pulte or other production home builder?

With the Monarch Butterfly, Honey Bees, and Fireflies disappearing due in large part to poorly planned development, natural landscaping provides a partial solution. And it’s gorgeous too!

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Karges-Faulconbridge HQ location in Roseville, MN. Photo courtesy Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Ditch the Lawn at Your Business and Save $$$
Natural landscaping can be used to beautify your business grounds and provide a better setting for your employees and wildlife. Plus your corporation will save money on mowing, labor, fertilizing and pesticides. Click on photo above and photo below to enlarge.

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Lyon Meadows Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan natural landscaping in Wixom, MI.

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Protect Your Lakefront or Riverfront
Keep your lake or river healthy by reducing or eliminating storm water runoff by using natural landscaping. Find information in the links directly below:
Michigan Shoreline Stewards
Natural Shorelines for Inland Lakes (pdf)

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LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURAL LANDSCAPING
Wild Ones
Prairie Nursery
No Mow Lawn
Prairie Restorations, Inc.
Natural Landscaping: Native Plants and Planting Strategies for Green Development
From Mowing to Meadows…Developing a Wilder Aesthetic

TAKE ACTION
Turn yard at home and work into a Certified NWF Wildlife Habitat.
Turn your schoolyard into Schoolyard Habitats.

DID YOU KNOW?
Thirty percent of the water consumed in the Northeast goes to watering lawns; the West Coast pours 60 percent on its grass, according to the article, “Bidding Goodbye to the Great American Lawn“. Connecticut homeowners use 10 times more fertilizer for their lawns than the state’s farmers do for crops. In pesticides, it is 61 percent for lawns, 39 percent for farms, according to the article. And a great deal of the pesticides and fertilizers eventually find their way into streams and rivers.

DON’T KILL YOUR NEIGHBOR
The Dark Side of the Perfectly Manicured American Lawn: Is It Giving You Cancer? Your grass may be greener than your neighbor’s, but at what price?

“What he didn’t know was the depth to which these powders and pellets were linked to everything from cancer to Parkinson’s disease to ADHD.”

Could Your Lawn be Lethal (Men’s Health Magazine)

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Study Finds Pesticides in the Urine of Pets After Home Lawn Chemical Treatment

Dogs Absorb Lawn Chemicals

BOOKS
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DON’T BE THIS GUY!

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“If we care about the Earth we could heal it by removing lawns, by finding alternatives to lawns. You can do wonderful things on your own property to protect the environment. Each little island, each corridor will help bring back the butterflies and birds.”
— Lorrie Otto