Sustainable Landscaping

This is LeeAnn’s Jam

Sum­mers here at Mas­sas­oit may be qui­et, but our Edi­ble Gar­den at the Brock­ton cam­pus is pro­duc­ing in full force! Our mul­ber­ry trees (Morus rubra) pro­duce an incred­i­ble amount of fruit, par­tic­u­lar­ly in mid- to late June. Pro­fes­sor LeeAnn Grig­gs, STEM Schol­ars Coor­di­na­tor, took advan­tage of this sea­son’s yield, har­vest­ing mul­ber­ries and black rasp­ber­ries from …

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13 Ways to Make Your Landscape More Sustainable

1. Rethink Lawns: Lawn main­te­nance uses water, fer­til­iz­ers, and pes­ti­cides; results in water and air pol­lu­tion; con­tributes to cli­mate change; and reduces avail­able habi­tat. There­fore, rethink­ing lawns can con­tribute to sus­tain­abil­i­ty. For exam­ple: Reduce lawn size. Main­tain lawns more sus­tain­ably. Mow high­er to shade out weeds. Mulch clip­pings on the lawn instead of bag­ging to keep …

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9 Impacts of Conventional Landscaping

Amer­i­cans’ love affair with lawns has con­se­quences. The Unit­ed States has over 63,000 square miles of lawn, an area over three times larg­er than any sin­gle irri­gat­ed crop (there’s a map as well). Each week, 54 mil­lion home­own­ers mow their lawn, pro­duc­ing pol­lu­tion and using fos­sil fuels. Lawns also require water and fer­til­iz­er, and many …

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