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Extension Gardener Class 1

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Think Before You Plant

Too often gardens and beds are created where planting is easiest or most convenient, but this does not always result in a healthy, sustainable or attractive landscape. This class will help you make the most of your yard by looking at the big picture to determine what you want and need from your landscape, the best location for different types of plantings, and increase your understanding of how your yard can contribute to the health of our local ecosystems.

Review the slides from this class

Learn more about topics discussed in this class:

Landscaping for Energy Conservation

Water Quality, Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting

Native Plants, Gardening for Wildlife

Sustainable Gardening

NC Weather and Climate Change

Planning Your Landscape:

  • Earth-Kind Landscaping – Texas Agri-Life Extension – this is an in-depth website with excellent information and diagrams to help you plan a sustainable landscape
  • NCSU Going Native – walks you through the considerations and process for developing a wildlife friendly landscape
  • Developing a Water Wise Landscape – this excellent and in depth publication from Georgia Cooperative Extension focuses on creating an attractive landscape that maximizes water conservation
  • 10 important things to think about when planning your yard – from Florida’s Extension Service
  • Drawing a planting plan – from Florida Cooperative Extension – this gets into more details than we covered in class 1, but is an excellent resource
  • Developing a landscape plan – from Missouri Extension does a good job of covering the basics and includes helpful diagrams

Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.

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