Lose the Lawn!

Reduce carbon emissions by reducing our lawns. Take a small step to a beneficial and HEALTHY living space.

  • The USA is home to over 45.5 million acres of lawn, which translates to 8 times the size of NJ.
  • In the Eastern US, over 30% of fresh water usage is spent on irrigation; in the SW it’s over 50%.
  • Lawns require energy to maintain in the form of gas and electricity (Sue Reed; Nativeplantwildlifegarden.com)
  • A 1,000 square foot lawn requires 10,000 gallons of water per summer (US News and World Report, 10/28/96)
  • Over 70 million lbs of chemical pesticides are applied to lawns in the U.S. each year. (US News and World Report, 10/28/96).
  • Of the most commonly used lawn pesticides:
    • 13 cause cancer
    • 14 can cause birth defects
    • 11 can interfere with reproduction
    • 21 can damage the nervous system (EPA)
    • 60-90% of earthworms are killed where pesticides are regularly applied (Pa. Dept. of Agriculture).
  • Detectable levels of pesticides are found in over 10% of drinking water wells.
  • It costs an average of $700.00 per acre per year to maintain a lawn, compared to a wildflower meadow costing $30/acre. (enature.com)
  • Please visit the EPA.gov website for more information regarding beneficial landscaping.