15 Apr 2019
Understanding Carbon Footprint in Production and Use of Landscape Plants
Ingram, D.L. (University of Kentucky), Hall, C.R. (Texas A&M University), and J. Knight (University of Kentucky)
Understanding carbon footprint (CF) and the underlying science is important to minimizing the negative impacts of new product development and assessing positive or negative cradle-to-grave life-cycle impacts. Life cycle assessment was used to characterize representative production models of field-grown and container-grown landscape plants. The dominant contributor to CF and variable costs of field-grown trees is equipment use, the majority of which is at harvest. Plastics, energy use for irrigation, and fertilization are the major contributor to CF of container-grown plants. Greenhouse heating can also be impactful on the CF of plants depending on the location of the greenhouse and the length and season(s) of production. Knowing the input products and activities that contribute most toward CF and costs allows nursery and greenhouse managers to consider protocol modifications that are most impactful on profit potential and environmental impact.
5 Feb 2019
Consumer Perceptions, Attitudes, and Purchase Behavior with Landscape Plants During Real and Perceived Drought Periods
Knuth, M. (Texas A&M University), Behe, B.K. (Michigan State University), Hall, C.R. (Texas A&M University), Fernandez, R.T. and P.T. Huddleston (Michigan State University)
A survey of 1543 subjects was conducted to explore consumer attitudes and behavior during real and perceived drought situations, especially in terms of their landscape purchases and gardening/landscaping activities. Findings could better inform educational programs and marketing strategies on the future demand of plant products and services. Read on, to learn how subjects perceived if the region in which they lived was experiencing drought.
5 Feb 2019
Consumer perceptions of landscape plant water sources and uses in the landscape during real and perceived drought
Knuth, M. (Texas A&M University), Behe, B.K. (Michigan State University), Hall, C.R. (Texas A&M University), Huddleston, P.T. and R.T. Fernandez (Michigan State University)
Consumers’ attitudes and behavior toward potable water supplies have changed in other countries because of greater social awareness and increasingly widespread exposure to drought conditions. We surveyed 1543 consumers in the U.S.A. to assess their perceptions about landscape plants, the water source used to produce them, and plant water needs in the landscape. Findings showed, further education and promotion may improve the perception of using recycled water. Increasing the perceived benefits of low water use in the landscape may also facilitate plant sales in times of adequate and low water periods.