• SOURCE: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Yard or No Yard?



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ANCHOR LEAD: In response to the California drought, homeowners with children and pets are finding the need for a lawn and environmental responsibility, a challenge. Brian Osuch has the details (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. Californians are facing severe drought conditions and homeowners have been offered rebates for turf removal and are encouraged to put in rocks, mulch, cacti and even artificial turf. But, Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute says these actions could be more harmful than helpful to the environment. CUT: (Kiser) There is a host of things plants do for our world. If you’re removing the landscape in California, you potentially exacerbate the Heat Island Effect. Removing turf can exacerbate dust and particulate matter problems. Our lawns are the largest carbon sink in the country. We think it’s a positive for the climate change debate. SCRIPT: Kiser says there are grass options that can create a drought friendly yard… CUT: (Kiser) There are host of drought tolerant grasses. And so what we have to find are those plants, which are adaptive. We need biodiversity; we need flowery plants for our pollinators, our bees, or butterflies. It’s critical that we incorporate these into the landscape. So, the right thing to do is find the right plants for the right place. SCRIPT: For more information, visit opei.org. That’s Newsbreak from OPEI.
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