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Backyards Disappearing?



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ANCHOR LEAD: Whether it’s rocks, plastic grass or hardscapes… it’s definitely not a landscape childhood memories are made of. Brian Osuch has more on why nothing beats a backyard full of living plants, grass and trees. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I’m Brian Osuch. An outdoor play area provides a safe place for children and pets to enjoy the outdoors. But many parents are finding themselves shamed into removing their green lawns and yards in areas often affected by drought conditions. President and CEO of the Outdoor Power and Equipment Institute, Kris Kiser says there are solutions… CUT: (Kiser) Families can have grass. If you’ve got kids and dogs, and you xeriscape and put in rock gardens and mulch and cactus, it may not provide a productive place to play. And so, if you were looking for native species and drought tolerant species and turfgrass species… yes, there are options for families. SCRIPT: There are many types of turfgrass to choose from, and some – like buffalo and Bermuda grass – require very little water, making it a smart choice for drought conditions. CUT: (Kiser) A lot of places are no longer native environments – they’re manmade environments. And so what we have to find are those plants which are adaptive, that can survive in the world we’ve created and provide the environmental benefits we need. So, the right thing to do is find the right plants for the right place. SCRIPT: For more, go to OPEI.org. That’s Newsbreak from OPEI.
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