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.
The 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.
Be sure to follow the Watering Restrictions that are in place.
Did you know Seminole County has a Fertilizer Ordinance?
Please visit Seminole County Fertilizer Ordinance to learn more!