Home Lawns Add Value In Many Ways
These days, you hear a lot about environmentalism on the airwaves and via social media. At times, when it comes to home lawns and the environment, it almost sounds like the best thing you can do is just sit back and let nature take its course. With the very best of intentions, some environmentalists have become convinced that maintaining a thick green lawn and beautiful landscape is somehow damaging to the environment. But years and years of research at more than a few major universities, like Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Purdue University has proved conclusively that, aside from the aesthetic value, there are many benefits to building a beautiful lawn.
A patch of thick, healthy turf, no more than 5,000 square feet in size can provide enough oxygen to supply a small family of four during the growing season. Add to that, the oxygen-producing capacity of accompanying landscape plants and trees and you have a real environmental winner!
Most people are unaware that grass plants, trees, and shrubs filter unwanted gasses, dirt, and dust from the air, as well. Imagine the benefit in an urban setting.
Plants also act as buffers to soil erosion. Many a farmer has learned to plant grass at the perimeter of each field that adjoins a river, stream, or pond to limit erosion by keeping soil in place.
And there is no question as to the real value of turf in limiting overbearing noise in urban and suburban neighborhoods.
Finally, next time temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, think about the cooling effect of a healthy lawn and landscape. It’s a fact, the more trees and grass you have, the cooler your home environment will be.
So, next time someone tells you to stop fertilizing the lawn, make them aware of the very real benefits of growing and maintaining healthy plants.
In the above comments, no mention was made of one more benefit your well-maintained landscape provides….by enhancing curb appeal, it increases property value by a significant amount. To learn more, click here.
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