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“Sue Reed's book amounts to a conversation with the author who gently but inevitably convinces us to integrate thoughts about energy into all our concepts of action and beauty. She brilliantly focuses on the what and why of designing landscapes for the needs of users in the 21st century. Her poetic conclusive paragraphs should be required reading for all, and especially for landscape architects and designers.”

FrogGood Landscapes

Ecological Design Blog

Tips for creating landscapes that are: • Welcoming and livable • Naturally healthy • Low-maintenance • Energy-conserving • Good for us
• Good for the planet.

Good Landscapes Design Blog

Clean-up Overkill

IMG 6897Keep that yard clean! This social imperative began in the 1800’s, when tidying the yard was considered an essential civic behavior, and continued through the 1900’s, when a vast swath of vibrant green lawn became evidence of one’s high social status. Now in the 21st century, however, perhaps it’s time we give this old social norm some new thought.

One big thing to reconsider is the idea that all the leaves that fall on the ground beneath a mature tree should be raked up and removed. As it turns out, this practice is actually not beneficial to our landscapes, for several reasons.

Read more: Clean-up Overkill

What is a "Good" Landscape?

Since I have the audacity to call this blog “Good Landscapes” and to offer advice for creating such places, I think I’d better start out by defining what I mean by good.

Read more: What is a "Good" Landscape?