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Vegetation - Sustainable Landscapes

Goal: Develop plant communities that serve as a foundation for a healthy ecosystem.

Turf grass path winding through a garden Use lawn only when it performs a specific function such as a play surface, pathway, or foreground for plant display, thus reducing extra inputs of chemicals, energy and time.
    > Turf Grass Madness: Reasons to Reduce the Lawn in Your Landscape
    > Groundcover Alternatives to Turf Grass
> South Greenhouse Garden (an example of a no-lawn garden at UDBG)

  Japanese honeysuckle, an invasive plant Eliminate the use of and remove vegetation that can harm ecosystems, such as recognized invasive species.
    > Controlling Backyard Invaders 
    > Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes 
    > Plants for a Livable Delaware

  Bluejay with acorn Choose plants that are adapted to the site's conditions and support local wildlife.
    > Livable Plants for the Home Landscape

  Aster and goldenrod Consider replacing alien species with appropriate native species that achieve the same purpose (e.g. aesthetics, function).
    > Native Plants for Delaware Landscapes (trees & shrubs)
    > Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping

  Squash bug Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies (i.e. scouting, life-cycle knowledge and decision-making based on that information).
    > IPM for Homeowners

  Tiger swallowtail butterfly on blue vervain Maintain and increase vegetative coverage to increase biodiversity.
    > Supporting Biodiversity in the Garden 
    > Delaware Gardening: Challenge to Newcomers 
    > Groundcover Alternatives to Turf Grass 

  Sugar maple Preserve as many important (mature, healthy, native) plants as possible.
    > Checklist for Plant Removal Decisions