Good question: Why do all the neighborhoods we live in look so similar?

By Peter Groffman
Native Plant Trust

suburban yardsMany people – especially those in the environmental community – think residential yards, and the seemingly endless expanse of suburban landscape are biological wastelands. But multiple lines of scholarship now suggest this is not true. We need to take a new look at how we think about the American residential landscape. Such a revision in thinking could actually improve the ways that yards are managed for human satisfaction, biodiversity, and air and water quality. We put together a research team to do just that.

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