Healthy Lawns and the Environment
The Benefits of a Healthy Lawn
A beautifully maintained lawn compliments any home or garden. It says you take pride in your home. It tells others you care about your environment. But you may not have realized the many environmental benefits a healthy lawn provides.
The front lawns of eight average houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. The cooling results when water and dew evaporate from the grass.
Turf grass plants absorb gaseous pollutants from vehicles, such as carbon dioxide, and help combat global warming. Lawns in Canada trap as much as 3 million tons of dust and dirt released annually into the atmosphere.
Lawns reduce noise by absorbing, deflecting, reflecting, and refracting sounds. In many suburbs and cities, lawns provide benefits that cannot be matched by even trees or shrubs.
Green lawns help reduce dust and pollen problems areas that can cause some individuals serious health problems.
Fifty-five square feet of lawn provides enough oxygen to sustain a person for an entire day.
Stabilize the earth by knitting the soil together with grass roots and stems to prevent soil erosion and runoff.
Improve infiltration, reduce runoff and filter water which helps recharge groundwater supplies.