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G1405 (Revised March 2009)Landscape SustainabilitySteven N. Rodie, Extension Landscape Horticulture SpecialistAnne M. Streich, Horticulture EducatorThis NebGuide describes how to use aesthetic, functional and environmentally sound design principles to create a sustainable landscape.“Sustainable landscapes” commonly describes land­scapes that support environmental quality and conservation of natural resources. For many people, a sustainable land­scape is hard to understand or visualize. Other terms such as xeriscape, native landscape, and environmentally friendly landscape have been used interchangeably to describe sus­tainable landscapes.A well-designed sustainable landscape reflects a high level of self-sufficiency. Once established, it should grow and mature virtually on its own — as if nature had planted it. This self-sufficiency can be difficult to attain, however, due to the environmental stresses and artificial conditions placed on plants in urban areas. In addition, many residen...