30 Jun '11, 5pm

Landscaping this holiday weekend? Check out our galley of water-efficient gardens for some inspiration

This award-wining landscape features CCLC’s Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping. With the goal of maintaining diversity on a small site, this property features a multitude of small gardens that take advantage of natural existing elements. Despite its small acreage, the site features over 200 species of plants (over 90 percent native) in meadow, forest and rain garden plantings. Native plants, which are adapted to the climatic conditions of the area, survive on the local rainfall, reducing the need for supplemental irrigation. Non-garden-bed areas are planted as no-mow lawn and leaves are kept on site to promote healthy woodland soil that retains nutrients and water. Kitchen scraps as well as garden cuttings are composted and used in planting beds, and downed woody material is shredded and used on paths. Click here for more information on CCLC’s contest.

Full article: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/outdoor/landscape_photos.html

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