Here some statistics about lawns along the Gulf Coast that might interest you:
- The typical homeowner on the upper Gulf Coast uses 10,000 gallons of water a month. This includes bathing, showering, brushing teeth, shaving, washing clothes, washing dishes, drinking, cooking and lawn irrigation. During the summer months, lawn irrigation accounts for 50 to 80% of water used. Unfortunately some homes here use three or four times that amount per month and a number of those homes use more than 10 times that amount.
- The average lawn size is about 1/5 of an acre. Although there are larger lawn sizes, there are also smaller lot sizes.
- There are about 5 million acres of lawns along the Gulf Coast.
- The typical homeowner here spends about $363 per year on their lawn and gardens. That amounts to about $1.6 billion per year – a sizable sum. The amount spent on lawns in the U.S. exceeds $50 billion.
- The average homeowner here spends about 208 hours a year caring for their lawn.
- Grass plants are 75 to 80% water
- Up to 90% of the weight of a healthy grass plant is in its roots.
- Grass clippings contain nitrogen and other nutrients which, when left on the ground, will help nourish the plant, reducing, or in some cases, eliminating the need for extra fertilizer.
- A healthy lawn absorbs rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field. Healthy lawns also prevent runoff.
- A single grass plant can have up to 390 miles of roots.