Turf and the Environment
A healthy lawn looks attractive and provides us with a number of environmental benefits.
- Lawns keep your home cooler - On a hot day stand in the garden and then stand on lawn; you will notice the cooling effect of your lawn. It has been estimated that the cooling effect of an average size lawn is equal to about 9 tons of air conditioning.
- Safer for your family - Athletic and playing fields covered with natural turf have proven to be safer that artificial turfs.
- Lawns add oxygen to the atmosphere - Like any plant, grass absorbs carbon dioxide and release oxygen. The average yard of turf absorbs carbon dioxide, capturing carbon and reducing our greatest greenhouse gas and produces enough oxygen for a family of 4.
- Cleaner runoff into our creeks and rivers - Lawn filters the pollutants from rainwater so that a cleaner form of water runs through into our creeks and rivers.
- Lawns clean the air that we breathe - Turf traps much of the estimated tons of dust and dirt released annually into the atmosphere.
- Keeps the top soil in place - Up to 90% of the weight of grass is in its roots making it very efficient in stabilizing soil and preventing erosion.
- Lawns do not harm the environment - Artificial turf is a contributing cause of harm to the environment due to run-off and chemicals leached out of the infill.
Turf is one of the most cost effective methods to control water and wind erosion of soil, reducing dust and mud problems around homes, schools, factories and businesses
Benefits of Natural Grass
- Oxygen generation
- Soil erosion control
- Dust stabilization
- Water filtration/purification
- Rain water entrapment for ground water replenishment
- Flood control through decrease runoff
- Air pollution control
- Enhanced entrapment and biodegradation of synthetic organic compounds
- Reduced Greenhouse gases