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Xeriscaping as coastal amelioration: using 'Florida Friendly landscaping' to reduce pollutant runoff and water consumption in Pinellas County, Florida

Xeriscaping as coastal amelioration: using 'Florida Friendly landscaping' to reduce pollutant... 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Xeriscaping as coastal amelioration: using 'Florida Friendly landscaping' to reduce pollutant runoff and water consumption in Pinellas County, Florida

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2007.053986
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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