As we progress into a future in which the environment is an increasingly large concern, not just for governments, but for individuals as well, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint in hopes that they might be able to make a difference. This can lead many people to examine their own lifestyles and personal habits. One of the things that many may begin to consider is whether their lawn has positive or detrimental effects on the environment. While this is a complicated question, there are pros and cons to keeping a lawn, as well as ways that we can make our lawns more environmentally friendly.
The first thing to understand is that while grass stores carbon dioxide from the air, many other factors of lawn care can put more CO2 into the environment that the grass is pulling out. This means that the most significant things we can do in regards to making our lawns environmental are in the realm of maintenance. Fertilizers and pesticides can be a large source of carbon dioxide and environmental damage, and it’s important that we only use the bare minimum, and that we choose the most environmental options. Burning gas for lawn mowers can produce a large amount of CO2 output, as well, making the best option a non-gas powered mower, or at least a bare minimum of mowing. Once the mowing has been done, grass shavings should be left to decompose on the grass itself, as this will further increase the amount of CO2 being pulled from the air.
The type of grass we choose for our lawns also makes a difference in the environmental impact. Turf grasses are known for sequestering the most CO2 from the air, and anyone who is environmentally conscious would do well to choose one of these varieties, whether that means growing Couch Grass from seed, or laying Kikuyu turf. Turf grasses also help to reduce soil erosion and water runoff due to their thick root systems.
Perhaps the most important thing to realize when it comes to doing our part to protect the environment, is that every little bit counts. This means that our choices in regards to our lawns are only part of what we can, and should, be doing to help in environmental concerns. While choosing to use high carbon sequestering grasses, such as growing Couch Grass from seed or laying it as turf, and doing what we can to reduce pesticides, high carbon fertilizers, and gas mowers in maintenance of our lawns, we should be conscientious in all areas of our life. This means that we should not just worry about the carbon footprints of our lawns, but of our lives as whole. That said, grass is a significant aspect of the environmental condition, and we would all do well to be aware of how our choices in grass and maintenance practices effects the environment.
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