Lawns take up 40 million acres of usable cropland. Plant a garden instead.
Converting your lawn to a mixed landscape can save water and energy, while reducing yard waste and the need for fertilizers and herbicides.
• reduced water consumption – according to the EPA, 30 to 60% of urban fresh water is used to water lawns each year. Turf requires two to three times the water of a sustainable mixed landscape.
• saves time and energy on lawn maintenance
• less yard waste to be composted or taken to a landfill – a 2000 sq ft lawn produces 600-800 pounds of clippings per summer on average
• reduction in use of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
• reduction in air and noise pollution caused by gas mowers – lawns cover 20 million acres of residential land in the US, and lawnmowers account for 5% of the air pollution. A 3.5 hp lawnmower pollutes as much in one hour as an automobile driving 350 miles.
• enhanced biodiversity – varied plantings offer shelter and feeding opportunities for wildlife
• increased property values – attractive, low-maintenance landscaping adds value to the home