Tips and Resources

One of SVT's goals as a regional land trust entrusted to protect the habitat of the Sudbury, Assabet & Concord Rivers valley is to educate landowners, particularly those around bodies of water, brooks, and rivers as to best practices for minimizing the impacts landscaping practices on our watershed. Below are a number of resources that we invite you to review and share with others.

Readings and other Resources on Ecological Landscaping



  • The Lawn Institute. Redesigning the American Lawn. Hartford, Con.: Yale University Press, 1993
  • Healthy Lawn, Health Environment- Caring for Your Lawn in an Environmentally Sound Way. Public Information Center PM-2113, USEPA, 401 Main Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20460
  • Daniels, Steve. The Wildlawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn. New York, NY: Macmillan USA, 1995.
  • Jenkins, Virginia Scott. (2000) The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession. Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington DC.
  • The Living Lawn Project
  • “ELA's Guide to Healthy Landscapes:From the Ground Up: Site and Soil Preparation," Volume One, 2003
  • The Organization for the Assabet River (OAR) 

Native Plants:

  • Cullina, William. Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
  • Cullina, William. Native Trees Shrubs and Vines. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
  • DeGraf, Richard M. Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Attracting Birds, Second Edition. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2002. ****Note that this book lists some plants considered invasive in our region!****
  • Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, Fourth Edition. Champaign, Illinois: Stipes Publishing Company, 1990.
  • Flint, Harrison, L. Landscape Plants for Eastern North America, 2nd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, NY
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1988.
  • Sternberg, Guy and Jim Wilson. Landscaping with Native Trees: Northeast, Midwest, Southeast Edition. Shelburne, VT: Chapters Publishing, 1995
  • Taylor, Sally L., Glenn D. Dreyer, and William A. Niering. Native Shrubs for Landscaping. New London: Connecticut College Arboretum, 1992.
  • New England Wild Flower Society
  • Native Alternatives for Invasive Ornamental Plant Species

Invasive Species:

  • A Guide to Invasive Plants in Massachusetts, Weatherbee, P.B., P. Somers, T. Simmons, 1998, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581, 508/792-7270, x 200.