To reduce landscape maintenance, employ sustainable practices that allow plants to work with nature, advises Mike Curry, a professor in the horticulture department at the College of DuPage in Illinois. These include using native plants that drain stormwater, and irrigation controllers with smart technology. "[T]hose of us invested in sustainable landscaping believe in putting the right plant in the right place so that no one has to put lots of energy, effort and inputs like water, fertilizer and insecticides into keeping it alive," Curry said.

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