Common Sense
Sustainability:
      A Discussion on
Reducing Inputs and Costs
 while Saving the Earth



                  ...
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Sustainability
“Sustainability…meets the needs of the present generation
   without compromising the ability of future gen...
“…meet[ing] the needs of
  the present generation…”
 Landscaping Needs:
      Aesthetics
      Comfort
      Emotional...
Impact
 How does my landscape affect the world?
    Butterfly effect
    Ex: Back to the Future
    Ex: Weather




  ...
Impacts
 Sensitive dependence on initial conditions
    EX: How does misuse/overuse of chemicals affect our future?

 L...
Parts of the Landscape
 Plant materials

 Hardscapes

 Maintenance

 Other inputs/outputs




                        ...
Plant Materials
 Right Plant in the Right Place

 How does plant selection and placement affect
  sustainability?




  ...
Sustainable?




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Plant Materials
 Considerations:
      Cost of initial plant
      Pesticides required
      Cost of replacement
    ...
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Plant Materials
 Saving ideas:
      Minimal water, fertilizers, pesticides, pruning, etc.
      Savings in energy cost...
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Turf
 Considerations:
      Purpose of turf
      Acceptable appearance
      Grades/slopes
      Other possibilities...
Turf
 Inputs to consider:
      Time required for mowing, edging, fertilizing, etc.
      Fuel required for maintenance...
Expectations?




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Turf
 Saving ideas:
      Minimal area to “meet the needs”
      Grasscycle
      Reduce slopes
      Refine irrigati...
Hardscapes
 Path, deck, retaining wall, patio, etc:
      Cost of materials
      Longevity
      Appearance
      Po...
Hardscapes
 Inputs:
      Cost of materials
      Input to obtain, transport, etc.
      Durability
      Replacement...
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Hardscapes
 Saving ideas:
      Permanence
      Low input materials
      Softer materials
      Reusable




      ...
Maintenance
 Design to reduce maintenance inputs:
      Edging
      Mulches
      Improve soils
      Think simple
 ...
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Other Ideas
 Build a healthy soil

 Use organic mulch

 Compost

 Irrigate efficiently

 Prune selectively

 Diagnos...
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Questions?
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  1. 1. Common Sense Sustainability: A Discussion on Reducing Inputs and Costs while Saving the Earth extension.usu.edu
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  4. 4. Sustainability “Sustainability…meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” United Nations. 1987. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, General Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987. extension.usu.edu
  5. 5. “…meet[ing] the needs of the present generation…”  Landscaping Needs:  Aesthetics  Comfort  Emotional  Social  Financial  Food extension.usu.edu
  6. 6. Impact  How does my landscape affect the world?  Butterfly effect  Ex: Back to the Future  Ex: Weather extension.usu.edu
  7. 7. Impacts  Sensitive dependence on initial conditions  EX: How does misuse/overuse of chemicals affect our future?  Landscape is a mini-ecosystem that affects the surrounding environments (landscapes) and thus the surrounding ecosystems (world) extension.usu.edu
  8. 8. Parts of the Landscape  Plant materials  Hardscapes  Maintenance  Other inputs/outputs extension.usu.edu
  9. 9. Plant Materials  Right Plant in the Right Place  How does plant selection and placement affect sustainability? extension.usu.edu
  10. 10. Sustainable? extension.usu.edu
  11. 11. Plant Materials  Considerations:  Cost of initial plant  Pesticides required  Cost of replacement  Waste materials  Energy for removal, replacement  Fertility needs  Water needs  Benefits of plant extension.usu.edu
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  15. 15. Plant Materials  Saving ideas:  Minimal water, fertilizers, pesticides, pruning, etc.  Savings in energy costs, i.e. cooling, wind break…  Location to reduce mowing and other difficulties  Long term vs. short term  Mulch area  Soil depth, improvement  Use low pest plants extension.usu.edu
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  17. 17. Turf  Considerations:  Purpose of turf  Acceptable appearance  Grades/slopes  Other possibilities extension.usu.edu
  18. 18. Turf  Inputs to consider:  Time required for mowing, edging, fertilizing, etc.  Fuel required for maintenance  Pesticides, fertilizers  Waste (clippings)  Medical bills… extension.usu.edu
  19. 19. Expectations? extension.usu.edu
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  23. 23. Turf  Saving ideas:  Minimal area to “meet the needs”  Grasscycle  Reduce slopes  Refine irrigation practices  Actually measure fertilizer amount/applications  Adjust expectations  Mechanical weed control extension.usu.edu
  24. 24. Hardscapes  Path, deck, retaining wall, patio, etc:  Cost of materials  Longevity  Appearance  Porous vs. run-off concerns  Heat  Usability extension.usu.edu
  25. 25. Hardscapes  Inputs:  Cost of materials  Input to obtain, transport, etc.  Durability  Replacement costs  Maintenance costs extension.usu.edu
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  27. 27. Hardscapes  Saving ideas:  Permanence  Low input materials  Softer materials  Reusable extension.usu.edu
  28. 28. Maintenance  Design to reduce maintenance inputs:  Edging  Mulches  Improve soils  Think simple  Right tool extension.usu.edu
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  32. 32. Other Ideas  Build a healthy soil  Use organic mulch  Compost  Irrigate efficiently  Prune selectively  Diagnose problems correctly  Diversity extension.usu.edu
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  35. 35. Questions? extension.usu.edu
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