LAWNS & OUR ENVIRONMENT
Turf grass is earth smart. Scientists throughout the world are increasingly documenting the significant role of turf, particularly in urban/suburban settings where the removal of turf and other vegetation has amplified problems such as the “urban heat effect.”
In the 1990 Farm Bill, the U.S. Congress noted:
Tree plantings and ground cover, such as low growing dense perennial turf grass sod in urban areas and communities, can aid in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the heat island effect and reducing energy consumption, thus contributing to reduce global warming trends.
According to the Professional Lawn Care Association of America, a thick, healthy lawn has several environmental benefits including:
625 square feet of lawn provides enough oxygen for one person for an entire day.
On a block of eight average houses, front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning.
Turf absorbs gaseous pollutants such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, converting them to oxygen.
DUST AND DIRT
Turf traps an estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released annually into the atmosphere.
A buffer zone of grass around buildings helps retard the spread of fire.
Turf prevents soil erosion, filters contaminants from rainwater and reduces runoff.
VALUE, CURB APPEAL & PERSONAL ENJOYMENT
Not only is sod good for the environment, it will add value and improve the curb appeal of your property. The increased attention your property gets after a makeover will move a house quicker if you’re in the market to sell. Or, if you are not selling, the new look will make you feel good to just sit and enjoy it.