Xeriscaping as coastal amelioration: Using 'Florida Friendly landscaping' to reduce pollutant runoff and water consumption in Pinellas County, Florida.
The traditional yard dominated by a green lawn poses environmental problems in Florida's sub-tropical climate, including excessive use pesticides and fertilizers and destruction of native habitats. Additionally, more than 80% of domestic water is used for lawn and garden maintenance. This paper examines over 300 survey questionnaires completed by residents of Pinellas County, Florida, and explores landscape practices across socio-economic categories. We assess the extent to which participants have adopted Florida Friendly landscaping practices; estimate the potential impact of these practices on amelioration of coastal environments; and discuss cultural barriers to the wider adoption of more ecologically friendly landscaping methods.
Johns, R.A., Smucker, T.A., Mustafa, D., Dorsey, J., Connelly, S.M., & Krest, J.M. (2007). Xeriscaping as coastal amelioration: Using 'Florida Friendly landscaping' to reduce pollutant runoff and water consumption in Pinellas County, Florida. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 9(2), 113-140. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2007.053986
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