29 Nov '12, 5pm

Currently reading: Great info on environmentally friendly landscaping for your yard Have your yard #GoGreen.

What environmental problems are associated with conventional yards? Studies by public agencies across the country show home landscapes waste as much as 50 percent of the water used outside. In addition, residential application of pesticides per acre is typically 20 times that of farms, according to the EPA. Overwatering damages plants, so they are less healthy and attractive, and it creates urban runoff that carries pollutants (such as fertilizers and pesticides) into streams, bays, lakes, and oceans. Those pollutants have a significant and deadly impact on the local ecosystem. The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that pesticides linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders contaminate almost all U.S. rivers and streams. The nitrates from fertilizers increase algae growth, which suffocates fish. Additionally, pesticides and herbicides—many of which are to...

Full article: http://greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/green-landscap...

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