Grass is everywhere. We don’t think much about it, it’s just there and we cut it, rake it and fertilize it without ever realizing the effects and benefit grass has on our daily lives. Similar to trees, healthy green grass has environmental benefits such as carbon dioxide absorption and oxygen production and so much more.
Carbon Dioxide & Oxygen
Everyone knows that trees are important factors in the absorption of carbon dioxide and production of oxygen, but most don’t realize the grass and other plants do the same thing. It is the process of photosynthesis that allows all plants, including grass and trees, to take the carbon dioxide out of the air and use it in combination with water and sunlight to produce essential carbohydrates. With the energy from carbohydrates, plants are able to release oxygen back into the air and allow us all to breathe a little easier.
If you’ve ever had a bare patch of dirt during the spring months, you’ve most likely been annoyed with the ruts, run-off, and erosion that occur after a heavy down pour or strong cold-front winds. Now imagine if your entire property were nothing but dirt, what would happen to it after a down pour or during 60 mph wind gusts? Grass is highly important to keep the earth in its place, protect it and prevent erosion from both wind and water. This erosion would not only be bad to your property, but could also be very damaging to your home, the roadways, and the sewer systems.
Have you ever walked barefoot through the cool grass on a warm summer day? In addition to air enhancement and erosion control, grass also has a cooling effect on the atmosphere. The numbers are actually quite significant because up to 70-tons of cool air are produced from the lawns of 7-8 average sized homes with lawn sizes of approximately 8000 – 12000 square feet. While this may not mean much, the comparison gives these numbers quite the boost because the average home air conditioning unit only has about 3-4 ton capacity.
Physical & Mental Benefits
It is said that homeowners that garden or care about their green space are more likely to be healthy, happy and have quicker recovery time from injury or illness. A healthy, thick lawn also provides a safe recreational area for activities and relaxation, which contributes to your health and happiness.
Healthy lawn and landscaping also enhances curb appeal, and can be quite beneficial when trying to sell a home because, after all, the lawn is one of the first thing prospective buyers see. Healthy lawn and landscaping also increases the homes property value, usually in the upwards of 15%, which puts a little extra money in your pocket when it’s time to sell.
Sum it up
The healthier the lawn, the more benefits it has. Not only does property value increase and can contribute to better health, but also benefits our entire planet and ecosystem by removing toxins, creating oxygen, cooling our planet and prevent soil erosion.
It is always a good idea to consult with a lawn care professional and ask any questions you may have. Look around, ask friends or family, and research companies on the Better Business Bureau to find a company that you can trust.