Florida Yard Audio Transcripts
This page contains the transcripts of audio tracks included in the Good Neighbors: Springs Protection Sucess Stories.
Florida-friendly Landscaping - Sowing Seeds of Protection
What they don't realize is that the things that grew someplace else don't necessarily grow well here, but things that are drought tolerant, for example, or native to Florida can still be beautiful. You can still have an absolutely fantastic landscape, but not with those thirsty plants or using some of the techniques that may not be environmentally friendly. You can have a landscape that does nice things for the environment and your neighbors will still, "Ooh and ah."
I've seen some studies that indicate that the average homeowner uses ten times more chemicals per acre than the average farmer does. So, you can see that reducing chemical use in the home yard, even if it is a small yard; but the other thing is each yard may be, in fact, a postage stamp. But, when you collect 5000 postage stamps in a development all doing the same thing you have a fairly large impact on whatever the, you know, the nearby ecosystem, if you're using, you know, tons and tons of chemicals.
As we look at more urban environments, what happens is we have the rainfall, but now it doesn't infiltrate the soils. And so, we're seeing large amounts that normally, you know, would have infiltrated the soil now running off sidewalks or parking lots, going across grass into storm water while they're taking with it fertilizers and pesticides and those kinds of things. And so we want to make sure that we're doing things effectively so that we don't kill off our aquatic wildlife and those environments and produce sediments and all of those kinds of issues.