GREEN TIP: The Lowdown on Lawns

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners dumped about 59 million pounds of pesticides onto their residential lawns in 2012, with some getting into waterways and potentially exposing adults, children and pets to harmful chemicals. Furthermore, Americans use about 7 billion gallons of water a day to irrigate, which is a third of all residential water consumption. Roughly half of that water is wasted due to runoff, evaporation or overwatering.