Willows to the Rescue?

Treasure Coast Natives

This week John and George sacrificed the usual Friday field work in order to work on our upcoming on-line native plants class to be in play as school starts.  Related to that, I’ve been fretting my second Florida outdoor interest—or let’s say nervous preoccupation—groundwater contamination.  The native plants connection is that millions of landscapers and homeowners who could use native plants with minimal chemical demands, instead spew mind-boggling (perhaps literally) herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides all over the ground, to percolate into the ground-water, which we later call tapwater.  (No, they do not get everything out.)

Salix caroliniana in flower by John Bradford. Salix caroliniana in flower by John Bradford.

The situation is substantial and worsening, and in my humble opinion is under-publicized.  Somebody ought to start a blog (or a consumer revolution).  It is a joy to see an occasional piece in the PB Post and other Florida papers on this topic.  Yet hardly anybody cares, and…

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