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Eco-Friendly Landscaping Washington DC

Local resource for eco-friendly landscaping in Washington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to eco-friendly landscape designs, eco-friendly building materials, eco-friendly front yard landscaping, eco-friendly backyard landscaping, green landscaping companies, and green landscaping architects, as well as advice and content on eco-friendly landscaping ideas.

Turfgrass Trends
1775 T Street NW
Washington, DC
 
Parks and Recreation
2775 S. Quincy Street Suite 300
Arlington, VA
 
Natural Resources Design, Inc.
(202) 489-6214
402 Boyd Avenue
Takoma Park, MD

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Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
113 South West Street Suite 400
Alexandria, VA
 
Olney Gardens
(301) 260-1024
Silver Spring, MD
 
Landscape Architecture Magazine 
(202) 686-2752
4401 Connecticut Avenue
NW Washington, DC
 
Purple Mountain Organics
(877) 538-9901
7120 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD

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Capitol Greenroofs
301-452-1144
5806 9th Road North
Arlington, VA
 
HortScience
113 South West Street Suite 400
Alexandria, VA
 
American Plant Food Co.
(301) 469-7690
7405 River Rd.
Bethesda, MD

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Green-scaping – Eco-friendly Landscaping Tips

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Not only is it unwise from a customer expectation standpoint, landscaping with non-native plants is more difficult, requires more resources, and runs counter intuitive to the local experience you bring to your guests. Native plants are beautiful, hardy, and once established, require less maintenance than a conventional lawn. Native flowers and grasses also function much like a natural system, with diverse plants providing food and shelter for a host of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. What camper wouldn't enjoy that?

From a small patch of native wildflowers to simply planning, pruning, and caring for your natural landscaping (otherwise known as beneficial landscaping) with a little groundwork, you can extend your "green" commitment throughout your park. And what could be more natural than that for an industry that survives via the great, green outdoors.

While traditional landscaping tends to usurp clean air, contributes to watershed contamination, and plays a role in air pollution, the wise use of beneficial landscaping practices can save money and time and give you "gone green" bragging rights.

Here are a few tips to help your "greenscape" from our friends at the EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge:

        Most trees and shrubs get all the nutrients they need from the soil.

          But annual plants, vegetable gardens, and lawns sometimes need

          additional nutrients from a fertilizer. When shopping for fertilizer, look for a

          product that contains "natural organic" or "slow-release" ingredients.

          Unlike "quick-release" fertilizers, "natural organic" or "slow-release"

          fertilizers feed your plants slowly and evenly. The result? Healthier

          plants withstrong root systems and no excessive "top growth"– saving

          you time and money. Improper use of fertilizers can damage

          beneficial soil life essential for healthy plants.

        Select plants that grow well in your area of the country and fit the

          amount of sun, type of soil, and water available in your yard. In general, it

          makes sense to use low-water plants to save yourself or your staff the time

          and expense of watering.

        Choose indigenous pest- and disease-resistant plant varieties ...

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