Sustainable Landscaping
healthy lawn care
rain gardens

 

 

Richard (URI Master Gardener) & Madeline Perreault, Saunderstown, RI

What you will see!

Area 1: Front lawn and beds - this page

Beds of sustainable plants & naturalized areas (woodland edge)
Crushed stone for runoff control
Water wise management - proper lawn irrigation

Area 2: Back yard - see the back yard for more on sustainable landscaping - rock and water garden, and composting.

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Beds of sustainable plants: Tip 1 - choose the right plant

  • Beds of native and sustainable trees, shrubs and plants that require minimal inputs of fertilizers, pesticides and water
  • Naturalized areas--landscaping around native trees and woodlands. Also provides privacy, shelter from sun and wind, reduces runoff and enhances wildlife habitat.

July 2003, naturalized areas--leaving native trees; beds of sustainable plants; the beds are periodically top-dressed with compost and mulched.

May 2005, woodland edge gardening with wild flowers, ferns, groundcovers, bulbs and shrubs


Herman's Pride Dead Nettle, Lamiastrum Galeobdolon

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Crushed stone placed around difficult to maintain home entrance: settles and reduces runoff and protects the soil while providing aesthetic enhancement.
Tip 5 - reduce runoff
Tip 6 - reduce soil erosion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water wise lawn management:
Tip 4
- water wisely
Healthy lawn care


Control panel for inground, automatic sprinkler system

Current lawn area is about 15,000 square feet

Lawn will gradually be over-seeded using a slice sleeder (or over seeder) with an Endophyte--Enhanced grass mix. This predominantly fescue mix is also more drought tolerant.

Watering with an inground, automatic sprinkler system is conducted using a rain guage to measure weekly rainfall. The system can be manually controlled to turn off the sprinklers when irrigation is not needed. Understanding how to properly operate an automatic sprinkler system is crucial in preventing over-watering.

Lawn is fertilized with an organic fertilizer blend. Organic fertilizers provide a slow, steady release of nutrients, greatly reducing the risk of nutrients leaching below the root zone into groundwater and/or running off to the nearest water body or storm drain.

Grass clippings are composted to provide a valuable soil amendment for future beds that are being planned at the site.

See our healthy lawn care link for more information.

Area 2: Back yard - see the back yard for more on sustainable landscaping - rock and water garden, and composting.

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