Frequently, those little green factories at our feet are taken for granted. It’s easy to overlook the many reasons why a healthy lawn or a dense athletic turf is an essential part of our lives. This primer from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) explains why the benefits of turf are as simple as A, B, C.
The value of turfed areas have been recognized for their beauty since China’s emperors maintained mowed- grass areas (157-87 B.C.). Today, lawns are an integral part of home landscaping and public parks.
Businesses and manufacturing complexes that have well-maintained grassy areas create a favorable impression to the general public, employees, and customers. Lawns increase the value of property by 15 percent to 20 percent.
Turf-grasses create appreciably cool temperatures, thus working as exterior “air conditioners:”
Dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere are trapped by turf, keeping our air cleaner and fresher.
Grasses greatly control erosion by intercepting both raindrops before they disturb the soil and slow-flowing water so that larger soil particles are captured from the collected water.
Buffer areas of well-maintained grassy lawns around buildings are good insurance against fire.
Millions of people play golf for exercise, relaxation, and business transactions. In the U.S., more than 14 million golfers enjoy the highly groomed grass found on golf courses.
Turfgrasses cushion, clean air, generate oxygen, and create serene, beautiful landscapes.
A soft, resilient turf grass surface buffers and absorbs some of the impact from injuries due to sports and games.
Garbage is less likely to be thrown on an area where there is a well-maintained lawn.
The care of turfgrasses and other plants is considered so therapeutic it is used in a variety of rehabilitation programs, including those for the ill, elderly, handicapped, and the incarcerated.
Landscape of America
Lawns are estimated to occupy an area of between 25 million to 30 million acres in the u.s. (equivalent to the size of the five New England states) and is increasing along with the population. Safety net – Grassy playing surfaces are safer than dirt, Astroturf, or concrete because they provide sure footing and cushioning sod that adds to the quality of sports.
Monetary value is associated with a well-manicured lawn. As a result, sales prices of homes may increase up to 20 percent.
Grassy areas reduce excessive sound, something especially appreciated in urban areas. Grassy slopes beside lowered expressways decrease noise 8-10 decibels.
The oxygen generated by turf grasses has a major impact on making our environment habitable. A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for one year.
Turfgrasses absorb such pollutants as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, which renders the air unfit to breathe. Turf grass thatch also acts as a barrier that deters chemicals from entering the soil profile.
Grassy areas, whether aspects of parks, golf courses, memorials, or homes, affect mood and create feelings of serenity, thoughtfulness, happiness, or sadness, depending on our personal associations.
A highly maintained lawn greatly reduces runoff of water and pollutants. Dense turf grass cleans the water, which helps maintain a high-quality environment.
Grassy playing surfaces are safer than dirt, Astroturf, or concrete because they provide sure footing and cushioning sod that adds to the quality of sports.