Lawns do good things for the environment. They help to reduce the “urban heat load”, sequester carbon dioxide in their roots and help reduce dust.
The more we remove natural grass, the warmer the planet is going to be.
Benefits of Real Grass
- Healthy lawns increase soil stability through its deep and expansive root structure which reduces land degradation and erosion from wind and water.
- Lawns cool the air. A healthy lawn has the same cooling effect as an 8.5 ton air compressor. Non-vegetative surfaces (like rock or artificial turf) do not have the same cooling effect and in some cases, can actually create a mini ‘heat-island’ effect, increasing the ground-level temperature.
- Lawns act as natural filters taking up dust, pollutants, and particulate matter from the air and water (up to 12 million tons per year).
- Lawns significantly reduce noise pollution, particularly in urban areas. Let your lawn naturally soak up the noises around you.
- In dry climates, real grass has been shown to be a deterrent for brush fires and in some cases, the lawn (as dry as it was) actually helped to prevent fires.
- Lawns are environmentally friendly. 2,500 square feet of living, growing grass plants release enough oxygen for a family of four for a year. Grass absorbs carbon dioxide, helping to reduce global warming.