Sustainable landscaping topic of talk

Planting water-loving Louisiana irises in a wet spot is an example of "right plant, right place." Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

Planting water-loving Louisiana irises in a wet spot is an example of “right plant, right place.” Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

Sustainable landscaping.

Sounds kind of intimidating, doesn’t it?

But what about the advice “right plant, right place.”

Not scary at all.

Northwest Louisiana Regional Master Gardener coordinator Melea Martin will explain the practical techniques behind the buzzwords in a talk called the “ABC’s of Sustainable Landscaping.” The free lecture, sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners, will be held at 10 a.m. June 18 at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Road, Shreveport.

She’ll follow advice offered in “A Guide to Louisiana Friendly Landscaping,” created by the Louisiana Yards & Neighborhoods program, a division of the Louisiana AgCenter. The focus of this program is to encourage homeowners to create and maintain landscapes in ways that minimize environmental damage. This will include looking at water quality and conservation, enhancing desirable wildlife habitats and creating functional, attractive landscapes.

“Basically, it’s a guide to Louisiana-friendly landscaping,” Melea said.

She’ll brief touch on each of the seven principles:

  • Right plant, right place.
  • Water efficiently
  • Maximize mulch and recycle yard waste.
  • Fertilize efficiently.
  • Manage yard pests.
  • Protect surface waters and wetlands.
  • Provide for beneficial wildlife habitat.

It should be a great overview of gardening principles that result in a beautiful landscape and healthy environment.





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