Sustainable Landscaping


Our nation's greenspaces are vital to the health of our environment. And Industry professionals are on the frontlines of creating and caring for managed landscapes, from backyards to parks and ballfields to campuses and commercial spaces. By adopting recommended sustainable landscaping practices, embracing advances in technology, and working more efficiently, America's landscape professionals truly are stewards of the environment.

Our Industry’s Commitment to Sustainability

The environment is our business and our passion. Sustainable landscaping promotes biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, provides solutions to water management challenges, and plays a crucial role in climate resilience. The National Association of Landscape Professionals is committed to leading the industry in supporting sustainable solutions to reducing inputs and emissions and increasing efficiencies because the managed green spaces our members create and maintain support a healthier, more beautiful planet."


Recommended Practices

Nutrients and
Inputs

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Plant
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Water
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Training


Service Pro Certificate Course

(Available in Spanish)

This online course, presented in partnership with the American Green Zone Alliance, is designed to provide landscape professionals with the information and training they need to successfully transition to and operate electric landscape equipment. Participants earn a certificate upon completion. 


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Featured Content

Sustainability: Reviewing Salt Usage in Snow and Ice Operations

This winter has marked the return of snow for many landscape contractors after a considerable drought. One of the workhorses of the snow and ice management business is salt, as it can lower the freezing point of water, but overuse of this material can be hazardous to the environment.   As you reflect on the […]

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Sustainability: The Journey to Becoming a B Corp

What do TOMS, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, King Arthur Baking Company and New Belgium Brewing all have in common? They are all Certified B Corporations. Roscoe Klausing, CEO of Klausing Group, Inc., based in Lexington, Kentucky, says he started seeing the B Corp logo on brands he purchases and admires so he investigated the certification […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Preserving and Restoring a Central Texas Ecosystem

Central Texas is a prime area for development, but this 11-acre nature park has been preserved, allowing locals and area visitors to enjoy the mixed-grass prairie that once dominated the region. From the design development through the installation phase, Twistleaf, based in Austin, Texas, has been at the heart of making this endangered ecosystem come to […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Solving Drainage Issues with a Sustainable Solution

When the project began, this Philadelphia backyard was nothing more than a sloped yard of turf with drainage issues. However, GreenWeaver Landscapes, based in Lenni, Pennsylvania, quickly transformed the space into an inviting and functional garden with water features, natives, and a spacious patio. Jennifer Nichols, president of GreenWeaver Landscapes, says winning a 2023 Gold […]

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Sustainability: A Place for Permeable Pavers

Permeable pavers have been installed in the U.S. since the 1960s, but they’ve recently been increasing in popularity as topics like stormwater management become more widely known to the public. If you are considering adding permeable pavers as an offering in your hardscaping repertoire, check out where this solution shines and where it shouldn’t be […]

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Lawn Care: What To Do With Fall Leaves

To leaf blow or not to leaf blow? That is the question. While some propose skipping collecting leaves entirely, there’s a little bit more nuance to this question and what to do with your clients’ leaves this fall. Where the leaves have fallen will help determine your course of action. While leaves in heavily wooded […]

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