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Step Three-Design Landscape

Design to Meet Human Needs In order for a native landscape to be appreciated and maintained, it must be used by the humans who share the space.  How you use your landscape will depend on the unique characteristics of the site as well as your activities and needs.  To achieve a successful design, you will need to collect and organize this important information.

Design to Meet Wildlife Needs – Now is the time to make sure your design will meet the specific needs of your target wildlife species.  To make sure you address those needs, there are several general principles you should keep in mind as you design your landscape.  And in most cases, the same design principles that yield high quality wildlife habitat will result in an attractive landscape.

Develop a Planting Plan – Using the information you’ve gathered about the human and wildlife needs and the general principles of landscape design, you can create a plan for your new native plant landscape.

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