Your lawn provides many benefits to your life. It can be a great place for children to play, for dogs to run, and for you to enjoy some family fun! Along with that, a healthy lawn is great for the environment! Your lawn can reduce run-off, minimize erosion, clean the air, neutralize pollutants and absorb rainwater.
Lawns protect the soil from wind and water erosion. A healthy lawn stabilizes the soil with its roots. The roots “knit” the soil together preventing the movement of soil. A dense lawn also reduces dust because the soil particles are not able to move with the wind. This ground cover provides a place for airborne dust to settle. Lawns trap as much as 12 million tons of dust a year.
Lawns help reduce runoff and prevent soil erosion, capturing and filtering rainwater to recharge our groundwater supplies. Grass leaves and stems cover the soil and intercept raindrops as they fall and interfere with runoff flow, slowing it to the point where soil particles have a chance to soak it in.
Your lawn helps produce cleaner air! It takes in carbon dioxide and beaks it down into oxygen and carbon. The lawn outside of your home can provide most of the oxygen you breathe. Lawns also take in other gases, such as sulfur dioxide. The haze created by these pollutants can reduce the sunlight by as much as 15%.
Lawns also produce a substantial cooling effect to the environment Summer air temperatures above a lawn will be up to 30 degrees cooler than above a paved area. Lawns also improve and restore the soil. Since lawns are technically perennial plants, the root structure dies off during the winter and grows back the following spring. The dead roots of the plant breakdown providing organic matter to the soil. The breakdown of clippings from regular mowing also provide organic matter to the soil, improving the quality. Over time it will make the soil more fertile and better able to filter air and water.
Your lawn is an amazing thing! It does so much for us and the environment. It deserves to be cared for and respected! We can help you do this. If you have any questions about how to properly care for your lawn, please don’t hesitate to call one of our helpful customer service representatives.