In Extension, many questions are fielded concerning the installation and maintenance of turfgrass and ornamental plants. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the cumulative impacts of replacing native habitat with non-native turfgrass and ornamental plants is contributing significantly to the decline of biodiversity in both urban areas and surrounding natural areas. Given the state of our natural environment, perhaps Extension programs should present alternative landscaping approaches to help conserve urban biodiversity.
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Hostetler, M. E., & Main, M. B. (2010). Native Landscaping vs. Exotic Landscaping: What Should We Recommend?. The Journal of Extension, 48(5), Article 10. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss5/10