Benefits of Grass

The scientific evidence clearly shows that a healthy lawn is good for the environment. “Because it’s around us every day, people don’t think about the fact that a healthy turf generates oxygen for improved air quality,” said James Beard, a pioneer educator-researcher in turfgrass science and international consultant.

“Most homeowners don’t realize noise and air pollution are reduced in most suburban areas because the grass ecosystem serves as a natural filter for the environment.”

Here are just a few of the many additional environmental benefits Beard and other scientists report.

  • Lawns provide excellent soil erosion control.
  • They improve recharge and quality protection of groundwater and provide flood control.
  • They enhance entrapment and biodegradation of synthetic organic compounds.
  • They absorb and sequester carbon dioxide gases.
  • They bring substantial urban heat dissipation which results in temperature moderation.
  • Lawns contribute to home security as well, providing high visibility zones that deter potential intruders and open green spaces that serve as a firebreak to reduce fire hazards.

For these reasons….and so many more…lawns ARE important.

James included nothing about taking of your shoes and walking barefoot in thick grass …so add “Enjoyment.” Also include “Good View” from your windows if your lawn is healthy and well fed.

Add FEWER WEEDS since well fed, healthy lawns are thicker to crowd them out. If weed seeds do sprout they’re often chocked out by grass!