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The Green LeapA Primer for Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development$
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Mark Hostetler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271104

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271104.001.0001

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Landscaping and Individual Lots

Landscaping and Individual Lots

(p.90) Chapter 5 Landscaping and Individual Lots
The Green Leap

Mark E. Hostetler

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the importance of creating and maintaining more natural landscapes within individual lots. A historical perspective of people's fascination with mowed lawns and the ways in which highly maintained lawns contribute to environmental degradation are summarized. Strategies are listed for how residents can create a more natural landscape. For developers, examples of more native landscape designs and management plans are listed. For policy makers, incentive-based and regulatory policies that encourage sustainable landscape designs and management strategies are discussed.

Keywords:   urban biodiversity, conservation, conservation subdivision, native plants, policy makers, developers, sustainability, landscape architecture, urban ecology, land stewardship

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