When we think of 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 topsoil that we need 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 topsoil and the effects that loss can have on the environment.
Like all other plants, grasses help to filter out the pollution in our air and environment. They help to cut down on the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, as well as trapping dust that can be floating through the air. This results in improved air quality within city urban areas where there can be a lack of trees and other greenery.
A dense and healthy lawn 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 table is at reduced risk of contamination by environmental issues.
Heavily wooded or drier areas are more prone to forest and grass fires. Having a well-maintained lawn can help prevent fires from reaching your home, as there isn’t enough dry material to feed them. A healthy lawn can act as a fire barrier and might be the difference in keeping your home or losing it.
Composting or recycling grass clipping is a great way to increase nutrients in your lawn. Grass is over 80% water so it decomposes quickly, releasing 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!
Having lawn and turf planted around your home can, in fact, help the environment. If you treat it with respect and prioritise organic treatments, it can easily offset any potentially negative environmental effects. 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, contact Rivers Edge Turf today and let one of our team members help you out.