May 23, 2013
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Grateful for grass

Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment and mental and physical wellbeing. Our turfgrass lawns, parks and open areas provide a natural, comfortable, and safe setting for fun and games, release oxygen and cool the air, control pollution and reduce soil erosion and purify and replenish our water supply.

Our environment
The satisfaction of creating beauty within the landscape can be rewarding for you and the environment. With turfgrass sod, the rewards are practically immediate. A well maintained lawn and landscape can add as much as 15 per cent to the value of a home by enhancing its curb appeal.

Pollution control
Today’s improved turfgrass varieties are very effective in reducing pollution. Turfgrass traps and removes dust and dirt from the air. 2,500 square feet of lawn absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.

Nature’s air conditioner
Turfgrass has a tremendous cooling effect on its immediate environment. On a hot summer day, lawns will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil. The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. That’s amazing when the average home has an air conditioner with just a three or four ton capacity.The cooling effect of irrigated turf reduces the amount of fuel that must be burned to provide the electricity which powers the air conditioners.

A natural filter
Runoff water in urban areas carries many pollutants. Turfgrass acts as a natural filter, reducing pollution by purifying the water passing through its root zone.

Soil erosion
The clean gentle strength of turfgrass is the most cost-effective method for controlling wind and water erosion. A healthy lawn absorbs rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field. A sodded lawn will absorb greater amounts of rain than a seeded lawn; even after three years of growth.

Fun and games
The soft resilient surface of turfgrass is the safest and least expensive place to play. For backyard ball games or the Grey Cup, athletes of all sizes prefer the green cushion of turfgrass. Turfgrass is the only place for putting, picnics or just plain relaxing.

Our mental health
Turfgrass quietly adds to the beauty of our lives and even our mental and physical health. Doctors have shown that people recover faster in a hospital when given a landscape view, rather than seeing only the walls of adjoining buildings.

From The Lawn Institute