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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Natural Landscaping Tool Kit

An Annotated Slide Collection - Slide 9


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While installation and maintenance costs for natural landscaping can vary considerably, the cost savings are especially significant after the landscape is established. The maintenance costs remain very low over time. The cost of the annual maintenance of the prairie grasses and forbs includes a potential $1000/acre cost in the early years of the installation for weed removal.

The slide compares the seeding of traditional Kentucky blue grass with seeding of prairie grasses and forbs. Installation costs for Kentucky blue grass sod would be much higher and the hand planting of native plants would also be higher than seeding.

Different practitioners have had different cost experiences but these figures are representative. The use of volunteer labor for installation and maintenance of natural landscapes can obviously provide major cost reductions.


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