August 26th, 2011
As the drought in the Southern US wears on, and on, lawns everywhere are crisping in the heat, raising a question about both the viability and ethics of keeping a lush green lawn in the face of increasing water scarcity.
It seems that homeowners have three basic options for their lovely turf as the heat marches on.
First option: Continue to blast the water sprinklers, keeping the grass green and flourishing.
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May 3rd, 2011
Paul James offers expert gardening advice on HGTV.
Water shortages are coming, though it seems not to have registered with most Americans, who will expend billions of gallons of water on their lawns this summer so they can grow non-indigenous grasses and thirsty ornamental flowers. Blessed with abundant water until lately, Americans also will continue to shower, clean, flush and eat with little thought of the water scarcity predicted to imperil far more than our lawns.
But by 2013 – in just two years – some 36 states are expected to face water shortages over part or all of their territory, forcing rationing and restrictions.
It’s time to drink in that information, and blunt the blow by taking a variety of conservation steps, especially in the yard, where most homeowners (except in rainy regions) use more than half of the water piped to their household.
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