Published on 02/24/11

UGA offers free resources for planting environmentally-friendly landscapes

By Amanda Swennes

This spring, gardeners will spend hours picking out the perfect flowers and plants, planting them in just the right places and getting them off to a great growing start.

With just a little more effort and planning, your landscape can be a water-smart, eco-friendly habitat for birds and butterflies – and your flowerbeds can be no-nibbling zones for local deer. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers the following free, expert-written publications that can help guide you through the process.

Deer-Tolerant Ornamental Plants

Environmental Enhancement with Ornamental Plants: Attracting Birds

Environmental Enhancement with Ornamental Plants: Butterfly Gardening

Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators

Make Every Drop Count: Proper Planting Results in Healthy, Water-efficient Plants

Make Every Drop Count: Water-saving Tips when Planning a New Landscape

Developing a WaterSmart Landscape

Irrigation for Lawns and Gardens

Using Water Wisely with Automated Irrigation Systems

Environmentally-friendly Landscape Practices

Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens in Home Landscapes

Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners

Want even more lawn and garden information? Check out the hundreds of free UGA Extension publications available at, or contact your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.

Amanda Swennes is a publications editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.