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Climate-Wise Landscaping

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Acknowledgements Preface Introduction What is a Landscape? Primer on Climate Change Section I: Lawn Overview Primer on chemicals Liberate lawn from dependence on artificial chemicals Reduce extent of lawn Minimize use of power tools Revive damaged lawns Provide good preparation for new lawns Replace some amount of lawn with meadow Ideas for large land owners Section II: Trees/Shrubs Overview Take good care of woody plants Use species able to tolerate new conditions Maximize carbon storage in woody plants Get the most cooling benefit from trees Section III: Water Overview Primer on water chemistry and plants Use drought tolerant landscaping practices Reduce landscape irrigation Install water-holding features Add water-absorbing features Add/maintain water features Section IV: Ecosystems Overview Primer on Native Plants Prioritize for native plants Plant in groups and communities Provide habitat-rich layers and edges Enhance biodiversity Create semi-wild patches Section V: Soil Overview Primer on Carbon and Soil Ecosystems Maximize carbon in soil Reduce soil disturbance Minimize soil compaction Build compost Use Mulch to protect soils Section VI: Planning/Design Overview Plan new home sites with climate in mind Fit landscape to land Design for multipurpose Create energy-wise landscapes Design flood-wise landscapes: Provide buffer zones Create fire-wise landscapes Incorporate renewable energy Design climate-wise driveways and parking Section VII: Herbaceous Plants Overview Choose regionally-appropriate plants Garden for pollinators Control invasive plants Design perennial gardens to be part of local ecosystems Section VIII: Urban Issues Overview Maximize vegetation everywhere Create green roofs and green walls Use cool roofs Use cool pavement Design climate-wise lighting Create/enhance habitat corridors Section IX: Food Overview Grow food above the ground Grow long-lived food Use organic methods Support community farms, community gardens Section X: Materials for Construction Overview Stone Wood Metal Concrete Earthen materials Conclusion

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What can we do, right now, in our own landscapes, to help solve climate change?

About the Author

Sue Reed is a registered Landscape Architect with thirty years' experience designing sustainable landscapes that are ecologically rich, energy efficient, and climate-responsive. Sue served for 14 years as adjunct faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design and has led numerous workshops on the subject of ecological landscaping. Sue is the author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design, for which she also provided much of the photography. Ginny Stibolt, a life-long gardener with an MS degree in Botany from the University of Maryland, moved to NE Florida in 2004. She writes about Florida gardening. She manages a Sustainable Gardening for Florida Facebook page where she advocates for sustainable and organic gardening and green landscaping. She is co-manager of the Florida Native Plant Society Facebook page, where she works to increase the outreach so that Floridians know more about how an authentic Florida landscape should look.

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