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Cost Effective Landscapes

In a sustainable landscape design, the consideration of cost effectiveness is impacted by the processes, plants and hard-goods used in the implementation of that landscape, and by the quality of each.

Cost should not dictate whether the landscape is functional, maintainable, or environmentally sound. These considerations should be met regardless of the budget. In other words a simple low cost landscape should be as sustainable as an extensive high cost landscape. In many cases, the installation cost of a sustainable landscape may be less.

Certainly the ongoing maintenance costs of a functional, maintainable, and environmentally sound landscape will be lower, which means considerable savings throughout the life of the landscape.

Examples of landscape designs that are not cost effective:

    Improper Tree Spacng

  • Over-planting and improper spacing. This landscape looks fine now, but in a few years it will be overgrown, difficult, and costly to maintain.

    Useless Retaining Wall

  • This wall makes maintenance difficult and really serves no function.
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