Here are some of the lawn facts shared on their website:
-Lawns are America's most irrigated crop.
-Every day, more than 5,000 acres of land are converted to lawns in America.
-Americans spend more than 40 Billion dollars a year on their yards.
-Lawns cover 41 million acres.
-Americans apply more than 30,000 tons of pesticides to their yards every year.
-Of the 30 most used lawn pesticides, 17 are routinely detected in groundwater.
-The EPA finds that nearly half of these 30 pesticides are possible or probable carcinogens.
-The National Cancer Institute finds that children in households using lawn pesticides have a 6.5 times greater risk of developing leukemia.
-In the Southwest, lawn owners use more than 75% of their water on their yards.
-In an effort to save water, Las Vegas lawn owners are paid a dollar per sq. ft. to remove their grass.
-In 1989 more than 500,000 people made their living directly from the turf care and maintenance, and turf grass was a $25 billion industry.
-Once groundwater is polluted, it can stay that way for several thousand years.
-Families turn on water faucets an average of 70 times daily.
-If present consumption patterns continue, two out of every three people on Earth will live in water-stressed conditions by the year 2025.
-On average, Americans use 40 to 60 percent of their water on their landscapes.
-In order to maintain all the lawns in America, it would take approximately 200 gallons per person per day.
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Posted by Ginny Stibolt www.greengardeningmatters.com