Pros and Cons

Edible Landscaping Advantages and Disadvantages

Edible landscaping enjoys some advantages over traditional or ornamental landscaping techniques. Reduced shipping decreases fuel consumption and increases the availability, variety, and quality of produce locally.

Extra food can be preserved through home canning or through freezing. Extra food can also be used to supplement food banks or sold in local farmers markets making the edible landscape a beneficial feature for the community.

The edible landscape requires more care and upkeep than gardens containing predominantly decorative plants. Fruiting trees and shrubs require specialized pruning techniques as well as pest control and fertilization. Water requirements are additionally higher than other gardening techniques so one has to consider the area that they live in and the overall wetness of the regional climate before deciding whether or not this type of garden is for them.