One of the neighborhood bullies used to tell the rest of us kids to, “Go play in the street!” Have you played in the street lately? Even this time of year, driving around on Atlanta’s blacktops helps us to appreciate the cooling properties of our lawns. Have you noticed the drop in temperature when you turn into you residential neighborhood? Don’t think for a moment that this is an accident. The lawns of just 8 average houses have the same cooling effect as about 70 tons of air conditioning. 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.
Another benefit of a healthy lawn is water absorption. As our society grows, so does the amount of paved and other impervious surfaces. Large amounts of poor quality storm runoff are channeled into storm drains which dump directly into our streams, rivers and lakes. A healthy dense lawn prevents all but the most intense rainfall from running off into our drinking water supply. Dense grass shoots, stems and leaves of an actively growing, healthy lawn slows down runoff reducing erosion and traps and removes pollutants from water moving down through the soil. This filtering effect actually improves water quality as it moves through the turfgrass root zone.
While your lawn is busy cooling your neighborhood and filtering your drinking water, it is also quietly absorbing cardon dioxide from the air and replacing it with fresh healthy oxygen! A healthy turf area just 50-feet by 50-feet absorbs carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, sulfur dioxide and releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four.
Strict conservationists berate the lowly lawn as an expensive consumer of natural resources. Your lawn is actually a natural provider for our ecosystem. Healthy, dense lawns absorb 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. Your lawn provides cooler summer places for your children to play. In combination with other landscape plants your lawn contributes to reductions in noise levels. Your landscape creates feelings of serenity, privacy, thoughtfulness or happiness.
You see our trucks every week. If you sometimes wonder why, remember this. While our guys are properly mowing, trimming and feeding your lawn it is repaying you in ways that money can’t buy.