Lawns get a Bad Rap Environmentally and Why they Shouldn’t

Often lawns get a bad rap in the environmental stakes but nothing could be further from the truth. Lawns provide many benefits to your local environment and here we’d like to highlight a few:

 

  • Climates are controlled at ground level by turf to cool the temperatures so lawns act as a natural, exterior air-conditioner, cooling both the surrounds and your nearby home;
  • Smoke and dust particles found in the atmosphere are trapped by the grass plants meaning a cleaner air;
  • Pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide are also absorbed by turf grass making the air cleaner to breath and reducing your carbon footprint;
  • Lawns help to absorb noise which is becoming particularly important in the urban environment;
  • Turf acts as a natural barrier, deterring chemicals from entering the soil profile and the local waterways;
  • Grass generates oxygen helping to make our environment habitable. An average sized lawn will provide enough oxygen for a family of four;
  • Lawns reduce run-off water and pollutants. Dense lawns will even filter or clean water helping to maintain the surrounding environment;
  • Turf enhances groundwater in two ways – increases the infiltration of water and cleaning the water as it passes – this impacts on the underground water supply.

 

We think this short video from The Garden Gurus sums up well some of the best environmental benefits of having a lush, green lawn at your place. If you have about three minutes we highly recomment taking a look. And don’t forget to let us know what you think via our Facebook page or website.

 

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