Many conservationists berate the lowly lawn. They say it’s an expensive consumer of natural resources. Healthy, dense lawns are necessary for a balanced ecosystem. A healthy lawn absorbs rainfall, prevents runoff and erosion of our precious top soil, keeps chemicals from entering our streams and rivers, absorbs co2, releases O2 and traps much of the estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the US atmosphere annually. Trees, shrubs and lawn areas around homes can reduce air temperatures from 7 to 14 degrees. One estimate suggests that planting lawns and other landscape vegetation could reduce total U.S. air conditioning energy requirements by 25 percent.The lawns of just 8 average houses have the same cooling effect as about 70 tons of air conditioning.
One thing most home owners fail to consider is that your grass grows all year round! Warm season grasses grow in they fall, they just grow down! The roots of your Bermudas and Zoysias are growing. They are looking of nutrients to help keep your grass healthy through the dormant season so it can come back flush in the spring. This is the time of year that we feed the roots. Fertilizers high in nitrogen cause your grass to green up. We do not use those this time of year. We use fertilizers high in phosphorus. Phosphorus is needed for energy transfer and storage in plants. It also promotes strong root development and winter hardiness helping grass withstand the environmental stresses of winter.
Keep your lawn healthy and it will provide a satisfying investment for years to come.