Environmental Information

“Turfgrass in urban areas and communities can aid in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the heat island effect, reducing energy consumption and contributing to efforts to reduce global warming trends.”

earls-turf-taree-2Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment. Our turfgrass lawns, parks and open areas:

  • Provide a natural, comfortable, and safe setting for fun and games.
  • Release oxygen and cool the air.
  • Control pollution and reduce soil erosion.
  • Purify and replenish our water supply.

Pollution Control

Today’s improved turfgrass varieties are very effective in reducing pollution.

  • Turfgrass traps and removes dust and dirt from the air.
  • An average house lawn can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and release enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.

Natures Air Conditioner

Another benefit that everyone enjoys, usually without notice, is turfgrass’ tremendous cooling effect.

  • On a hot summer day, lawns will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil.
  • The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. That’s amazing when the average home has an air conditioner with just a three or four ton capacity.
  • The cooling effect of irrigated turf reduces the amount of fuel that must be burned to provide the electricity which powers the air conditioners.
  • Watered when the grass plant needs it, turfgrass will very efficiently and effectively use almost every drop.

A Natural Filter

Runoff water in urban areas carries many pollutants. Turfgrass acts as a natural filter, reducing pollution by purifying the water passing through its’ root zone.

Soil Erosion

The clean gentle strength of turfgrass is the most cost-effective method for controlling wind and water erosion. A healthy turfed lawn absorbs rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field. A turfed lawn will absorb greater amounts of rain than a seeded lawn; even after three years of growth.

Source: Turfgrass Producers International

Helping Obesity

Poor diet and physical inactivity is causing an increased number of deaths. Playing with your children or pets in the backyard for an hour each day can help the whole family stay healthy. As our population gets larger so do our homes and the backyard becomes smaller. Consider fun activities on the backyard lawn instead of sitting on the deck or watching TV or playing computer games. View your lawn care as a valuable form of exercise.