When we think of lawn and turf, we don’t often consider the environmental benefits of it. Typically, we are more bombarded with how it isn’t good for the environment and that it utilises water and energy that could be better put to use. As true as this can be, there are actually quite a few benefits to having that lush green lawn outside your home.
- Globally, we are losing topsoil at an alarming rate. Over farming, tilling the land, erosion and more is taking away the top soil that we need in many ways to survive. By having lawns and turf planted, we ensure that the topsoil is held in place and cannot be removed or lost by wind and water damage. This is a major help in battling the loss of top soil and the effects that loss can have on the environment.
- Like all other plants, grasses help to filter out the pollutions in our air and environment. It helps to cut down on the amount of CO2 in the environment, as well as trapping dust that can be floating through the air, providing an improved air quality within city urban areas where there can be a lack of trees and other greenery.
- Dense and healthy lawn and turf can be a vital component in cleaning and filtering the rain and water that falls on them, helping clean it before it reaches the water table below. By filtering the water, it means that the water in the water table is at reduced risk of contamination by environmental issues.
- Heavily wooded areas or drier areas are more prone and susceptible to things like forest fires and grass fires. Having a well-maintained lawn around your home can help prevent fires by being able to reach your home, as there isn’t enough material to feed them. The healthy lawn in many ways can act as a fire barrier and can be the difference in keeping your home or losing it. Environmentally, this means that the fires may be stopped before they traditionally might have been had the lawn not been there, and it simply been open dry material instead.
- Composting or recycling grass clipping is a great way to increase nutrients in your lawn. Grass is over %80 water so it decomposes quickly and releases nitrogen and other nutrients back into the lawn. Grass clippings add water-saving mulch and encourage natural soil aeration by earthworms. Adding your clippings to the compost is also a great way to create a multipurpose fertiliser for your vegetable gardens. Just one more step towards sustainable living.
As you can see, having lawn and turf planted around your home can, in fact, help the environment. If you treat it with respect, and with more organic treatments, it can easily offset any of the potential negative environmentally effects that your lawn could have. Choosing a high quality turf also means less maintenance and upkeep, which in turn is better for the environment.
To learn more about how you can help the environment with your lawn, or to figure out what the best grasses are for your situation, visit us today at Rivers Edge Turf, and let one of our team members help you out.