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Resilient Landscaping

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A person who is adaptable and possesses “grit” in the face of difficult circumstances is said to be resilient. Likewise, a resilient landscape is one that can tolerate changing conditions or stresses and still function well. It “takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin” (to borrow a song lyric from John Prine).

As our climate gets more erratic – hotter, longer dry periods punctuated by more intense storms – it is going to become harder to grow both landscape plants and garden crops. But there are steps that landowners can take to improve the resilience of their plants and overall landscapes. I would suggest starting out by focusing on three topics: Building Healthy Soil, Conserving Water in the landscape, and Choosing Plants to match the environmental conditions in your yard.

Healthy Soil

Resilient Landscaping, Healthy Soil

Healthy soil grows healthy plants, so the first step to building a resilient landscape is to maintain the health of your soil.

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Conserving Water

Resilient Landscaping, Conserving Water

This page shares ideas to reduce water use and reduce water losses in gardens and landscapes.

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Choosing Plants

choosing plants

Learn how to choose plants to match the environmental conditions in your yard.

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