The landscape of the EcoBlock will minimize the use of any lawns requiring mowing, and instead use a variety of native and edible plants, xeriscaping, and other means by which to provide a beautiful, functional and natural landscape.
- Large swaths of common ground may be used for urban agriculture, including community gardens that enable residents to connect to the source of their food. This will encourage healthy eating, provide economic savings and reduce the need for shipping.
- Native plants require less water, and create wildlife habitat and improve biodiversity.
- Edible plants, including herbs, greens, berries, fruit and nut trees/shrubs, and edible flowers are functional and attractive alternatives to traditional landscaping plants and shrubs.
- Bioswales, rain gardens and bioretention ponds will be used to capture and retain storm water, and be planted with appropriate native plants that can tolerate both drought and partial to full water submersion.
- Mulch will be used to manage weeds, maintain soil moisture and avoid surface sealing which can reduce permeability. It can also prevent erosion and provide a healthy environment suitable for microbes.