Goal: Develop plant communities that serve as a foundation for a healthy ecosystem.

Use lawn only when it performs a specific function such as a play surface, pathway, or foreground for plant display, thus reducing extra inputs of chemicals, energy and time.
Turf Grass Madness: Reasons to Reduce the Lawn in Your Landscape

Groundcover Alternatives to Turf Grass
Bee Lawns: Turf Grass with Flowering Plants
South Greenhouse Garden (an example of a no-lawn garden at UDBG)
Eliminate the use of and remove vegetation that can harm ecosystems, such as recognized invasive species.
Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes
Plants for a Livable Delaware
Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies (i.e. scouting, life-cycle knowledge and decision-making based on that information).
Protecting Pollinators at Home: Smart Pest Management
Organic Approved Pesticides
Organic Approved Pesticides Overview
Maintain and increase vegetative coverage to increase biodiversity.
Supporting Biodiversity in the Garden
Monarch Waystation Brochure
Monarch Waystation Program
Delaware Gardening: Challenge to Newcomers
Attract Lepidoptera to Your Garden Brochure
Preserve as many important (mature, healthy, native) plants as possible.
Checklist for Plant Removal Decisions