Get the Facts

Get the Facts

Our living landscapes play a vital role in the health of our environment, our communities, and our families. Living landscapes, including lawns and yards, gardens, managed landscapes around commercial and municipal buildings and other green space provide many benefits including:

  • Providing recreational spaces for people and pets
  • Creating necessary habitat for birds, insects and animals
  • Producing oxygen and sequestering carbon
  • Capturing and filtering rainwater, as well as storm-water run-off
  • Capturing dust & particulate matter
  • Reducing heat and the heat island effect
  • Acting as a natural fire-break
  • Controlling soil erosion

Deadening landscapes with mulch, rocks, hardscapes, and artificial turf (“plastic grass”) removes ecological, social and health benefits that everyday green spaces provide. Remember, nature starts at your back door.

For more information

The Living Landscapes Fact Book

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