The Environment #10 and #9
#10 A healthy lawn reduces water runoff and soil erosion which in turns protects our lakes and streams from sediment moving from the land into the water. Turf is a living filter which protects ground water quality through a vast network of roots, thatch, and leaves. There are many lawn products that can be used close to or up to the water without harming that ecosystem such as lime, kelp, and further back slow release products.
#9 A healthy lawn will absorb 6 times as much rainfall as a common hay-field. A healthy lawn entraps pollutants and with the help of soil microbes, biodegrades them safely. Coating grass seed with mycorrhizae improves turf defensive capabilities against insects and disease issues often reducing the need for fertilizer in a calendar year. Compost tea is a perfect example of how to improve the soil and help your lawn simultaneously.
Functional Benefits #8 thru #4
#8 A healthy lawn dissipates heat and reduces the energy required to cool homes and buildings- thus saving energy.
#7 Turf grass abates noise and reduces glare.
#6 A mown lawn decreases disease carrying ticks and reduces fire hazards near wooded areas.
#5 Well maintained turf grass reduces injury from sports played at home, school, or elsewhere.
#4 A well cared for lawn is actually a low-cost asset that can be physically used or enjoyed for pure viewing pleasure.
Health #3 thru #1
#3 Studies show the cycle of growing grass and the color green lift human spirits and provide both thoughts and feelings of happiness, privacy, and serenity.
#2 Well maintained turf is known to have therapeutic effects on humans as measured by heart rate and blood pressure- increasing recovery rate of hospital patients.
#1 Hiring a licensed, experienced turf professional will help you accomplish some if not all of the benefits above while insuring the job is done correctly. Free up valuable time and spend it with your family or friends!
As you can gather, grass is simply more than just a lawn! Winter is the perfect time to explore the advantages of utilizing the skills of your local turf care provider. Perhaps this is the year to explore natural or organic products? Stop guessing and wondering if you are putting down too much or too little material while wasting your valuable Saturday or Sunday. Send that e-mail or make that phone call today and get your lawn on the right path in 2011.