18 Jul '12, 9am

Current Drought is an Opportunity to Think About Replacing Turf with Gardens

Current Drought is an Opportunity to Think About Replacing Turf with Gardens

afagen /CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Mount Vernon George Washington’s Mount Vernon was the first house in North America to incorporate a lawn as part of the landscape design. According to some estimates, 40 million acres of America are covered in turf grass , in the 48 contiguous states, making turf grass our largest irrigated crop. The Sobering Statisics During the growing season, if lawns are watered and fertilized as recommended, we pour 238 gallons of water per person, per day onto all that turf during the growing season.The EPA says , that in the United States 26 billion gallons of water is consumed on a daily basis. Approximately 7.8 billion gallons of the water consumed on a daily basis is devoted to irrigation. Your typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water above annual rainfall. That is a lot of water when you consider that humans can use less than 1% of all the w...

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