“Children develop a greater sense of belonging to their community and its physical environment when the have a chance to learn and play outdoors. By belonging, they develop social responsibility, empathy, and compassion for one another and the natural world.”
- Cheryl Corson, Grounds for Learning
This 102 page manual brings together all aspects of landscape maintenance for an holistic approach that may be utilized by both landscape contractors and landscape architects. The book is divided into five parts: Human Systems, Tools and Working Methods, Natural Systems, Plant Materials, and Hardscapes.
The project was funded by the Washington, DC Department of Energy and the Environment with additional support from the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, the Low Impact Development Center, and the University of Maryland Sea Grant College.
Final edition will be released in April 2017.
Discussion of why Corson felt the maintenance manual was needed and how the project came to fruition. We talk about how the manual will be used in the newly launched Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program, and what opportunities and challenges face designers and landscape contractors seeking to extend the useful life of sustainably designed landscapes.
Good tips on hiring help to maintain your garden or landscape to ensure sustainable practices that will not harm either your landscape or the environment.