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Lawn care perhaps biggest contributor to water pollution, climate change: scientists

Suggest more sustainable management methods

June 23, 2022  By Turf & Rec


Traditional lawn.

Scientists suggest that lawn maintenance is perhaps the biggest contributor to water pollution and climate change. They claim mowers, blowers and fertilizers are the main culprits, and suggest alternatives should be considered for lawns or a more sustainable way to manage yards. A University of Delaware professor of agriculture and natural resources says four things must be done to achieve ecological sustainability: carbon sequestration, pollinator support, food web support and watershed management.

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