What is Earth-Kind®?
Earth-Kind® Landscaping combines the best of traditional and organic gardening methods and landscaping principles to create a system based on environmental responsibility and real world effectiveness. Developed by Texas A&M University, this program offers guidance on ways to improve your current landscaping and gardening practices so that our environment can be protected for generations to come.
THE GOALS OF THE EARTH-KIND PROGRAM ENCOURAGE:
- Landscape water conservation
- Reduction of pesticide and fertilizer use
- Energy conservation through proper landscape design
- Reduction of landscape wastes entering landfills
Resources for an Earth-Kind Landscape
Individuals using Earth-Kind landscaping principles and practices can create beautiful, easy-care landscapes, while conserving and protecting natural resources and the environment. Here are some areas to get you started or you can visit the Earth-Kind Landscaping website.
By following Earth-Kind principles you can design a landscape that is beautiful, easy to maintain and reduces the use of water, fertilizers and pesticides.
Search the Earth-Kind approved database to select plants based on factors such as height, width, flower color, sun or shade, bloom period, leaf character, as well as several other matching criteria.
Water & Irrigation
Caring for your landscape in North Texas involves using water in a responsible and effective manner. Here you can find some help and guidance to keep your plants looking their best.
Resources & Publications
These publications from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension cover the essentials of Earth-Kind landscaping practices ranging from design considerations to irrigation.
Take the Earth-Kind Challenge
Does your landscape contribute to a healthy and sustainable environment?