Water Conservation

Lawns

 

Sod: The Dat Stats


Source: Association of Florida Native Nurseries

 

FertilizerIn just one year, we spend:

  • $25 billion on lawn care products
  • $5.25 billion on fossil-fuel derived fertilizers
  • $700 million on lawn pesticides

                       and

  • 580 million gallons of gasoline fuel our lawn mowers
  • 26 million households pay for outside lawn services
  • 60-70,000 lawnmower-related accidents occur

Water, fertilizer and pollution

On average in Florida, 40-60% of household water use goes to irrigating urban landscapes dominated by turf grass and exotic plants. (Exotic plants are non-native plants, i.e. they are not native to Florida.)

The University of Florida Extension Service finds that watering a 20 x 50 foot area of turf requires 500-600 gallons of water, almost as much as you might use for personal needs in a week.

LawnmowerThe Garden Club of America laments that 60 million pounds of fossil-fuel derived fertilizer is spent keeping sod greener than normal or necessary.

The EPA found that running a lawn mower for one hour creates as much air pollution as driving a car for 350 miles.  Furthermore, every year we spill more fuel filling lawn equipment than was lost by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska!

More than 30 million acres of American land is planted in lawn, a sterile monoculture that supports little life other than fleas, ticks, and mole crickets.

Watering RestrictionsBe sure to follow the Watering Restrictions that are in place.