What You Can Do
Here's some fast facts you may not have known:
- An average bath uses 30-50 gallons of water. An average shower, 15. The US consumes 450 billion gallons of water day. 40 percent of the water used in the home is flushed down the toilet.
- Leaving a hose run for one hour uses 375 gallons of water.
- Household gardeners use pesticides at 10-20 times the rate farmers do.
- 90 percent of the insects on your lawn are good for it.
- US has 25 million acres of lawns
- Homeowners used 32 million pounds of pesticides on their lawns in 1994.
- Gasoline powered lawn equipment accounts for accounts for 5 percent of country's total air pollution in summer.
- A typical gas-powered mower used for an hour creates as much air pollution as driving a car 50 miles
- Allowing grass clippings to decompose on your lawn equals one to two fertilizer applications per year.
- Grass clippings compose 20 percent of the average MD landfill
- According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there are over 685,000 acres of residential lawns in Maryland. Of that, 675,000 acres surround single family homes, and the remaining 10,000 acres surround townhomes.
- Grass clippings and leaves compose 20% of the waste entering landfills. During the growing season this can increase to as much as 50%.
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