Picture a healthy weed free lawn, one that is well cared for, manicured, green and freshly mowed. A perfect place for lounging around cooking some burgers on the grill, listening to a Saturday afternoon Tiger basebll game as the kids practice there soccer moves. Wow, what a real asset to you home your lawn provides.
Although it would seem unnecessary to state the obvious,did you know that your lawn (and how you take care of it) can also help the environment.
Lawn Areas Reduces Dangerous Greenhouse Gas:
Grass absorbs greenhouse gas and converts it into life-giving oxygen. Grass does this at a much higher rate than native plants because grass has higher leaf density and a faster growth rate. A 2500 square foot lawn converts enough carbon dioxide into oxygen to sustain a family of four!?
Grass Is Nature's Air Conditioner:
Trees seem to get all the credit for naturally cooling the air because they provide shade, but grass lowers surface temperatures through "evapotranspiration" which is a process similar to that used by old-fashioned evaporative coolers ("swamp coolers") for home air conditioning. On a hot summer day, lawns will typically be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt, 14 degrees cooler than bare soil and a huge 35 degrees cooler than artificial turf! Aside from just creating a comfortable setting, grass also reduces energy demand by lowering the ambient temperature around a home.
Grass Purifies Water:
Turf (grass) roots act as a natural environmental filter, and in combination with soil biology make lawn root zones an ideal medium for the biodegradation of contaminants that are carried in runoff water.
Grass Purifies the Air:
Grass absorbs particulates and some of the worst atmospheric pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and ozone.
Grass Provides Urban Habitat:
We think of cities as places where people live, but they are also places where native birds and animals reside. Landscapes provide the habitat and forage areas for our wildlife co-inhabitants. Turf is a highly productive forage area for birds and small mammals.
Caring for your lawn properly can both enhance its appearance and contribute to its environmental benefits.
Emerald Outdoor can help you reach those goals of having a great looking lawn, all while being a responsible steward to our environment. An important aspect of our techniques relies on what is known as the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.
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