Lawns: A Big Help for Our Environment...and for You!
In recent years, as we have become more aware of the many challenges that our environment faces, we have begun working on ways to deal with them. The large number of lawns throughout the United States is a step in the right direction. Lawns are a major component of our ecosystem, and it is estimated that lawns cover over 30 million acres in the United States. Approximately 53 million American households have lawns.
Lawns help our environment stay healthy. Consult a landscaper to find out how to take proper care of your lawn.
How does a healthy lawn help the environment?
- Turf grass transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen. In some cases, the lawn outside your house can provide most of the oxygen you breathe! A 50x50-foot area of grass can provide enough oxygen for a family of four each day.
- Lawns help reduce the heat island effect commonly found in our urban environments.
- Lawns reduce energy consumption through their cooling effects. About eight average-sized lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning, compared to the average four-ton home air conditioner. Air temperatures on grass are also about 30 degrees cooler than above a paved area.
- Lawns help reduce global warming trends by filtering out many pollutants commonly found in the air. Healthy lawns trap an estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt from the air every year.
- Lawns help reduce soil erosion through deep roots that hold the soil in place during heavy flooding.
- Lawns help reduce noise in urban areas.
How does a healthy lawn help you?
- A healthy lawn can help you feel good just by providing attractive scenery.
- Grass creates a relaxing space of natural beauty. Grassy areas quickly affect people’s moods by fostering feelings of serenity, privacy, thoughtfulness or happiness. The yearly cycles of growth and color lift our spirits.
- Children love lawns! Grass provides a safe place for them to play and feels great beneath bare feet.
- There are reports that recovery rates among hospitalized patients are more rapid when they can see a landscaped area from their windows.
- Lawns increase real-estate market value and saleability. A Gallup Survey reported that 62 percent of all US homeowners felt that investment in lawns and landscaping was as good or better than other home improvements. The investment recovery rate is 100 to 200 percent for landscape improvement compared with a deck or patio, which will recover forty to seventy percent of the installation cost. According to buyers, well-maintained landscaping adds 15 percent to a home’s value.