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Why you should learn how to care properly for your lawn

Posted by TheGreen on 06/24 at 04:34 PM
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Are you one of those that says “Hey, I only use my lawn tractor once a week, how bad can that be for the environment.” or perhaps you make yourself feel better by saying “The chemicals I use help keep bad weeds away which harm the environment” or maybe you tell your friends “I only water my lawn at night”.

If you care for your lawn in any way, you should learn the cost to the environment of lawn care. Borrowed without permission from the website (but giving them praise and a friendly link back), here are some interesting statistics from their site:

  • 30% of water used on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; 60% on the West Coast.
  • 18% of municipal solid waste is composed of yard waste.
  • The average suburban lawn received 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland.
  • Over 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually.
  • Per hour of operation, a gas lawn mower emits 10-12 times as much hydrocarbon as a typical auto. A weedeater emits 21 times more and a leaf blower 34 times more.
  • Where pesticides are used, 60 - 90% of earthworms are killed. Earthworms are important for soil health.

And now I must really get away from sitting inside on this grey St-Jean-Baptiste day and go out and think about making that electric lawnmower.

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