Of course your lawn is good for backyard barbecues, playtime for your pets and kids, and boosting the curb appeal of your home if you’re selling. But did you know that even when you’re catching some z’s your lawn is still working hard for you?
So go ahead, rest easy knowing your lawn is doing all of this!
Battling Global Warming
Turfgrass is the largest carbon sink in the country. It is estimated that up to 800 pounds of carbon per acre is sequestered by turfgrass each year; almost a half a ton per acre. You can even help your yard trap more carbon by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging them.
Cooling Communities & Homes
All of the concrete, asphalt and buildings in our communities mean air temperatures in cities – even after sunset – can be as much as 22°F warmer than nearby areas. This phenomenon is known as the heat island effect. Grass dissipates radiant heat through a process called evapotranspiration that cools the air.
Making Oxygen & Cleaning the Air
Your lawn is an oxygen-producing machine! A turf area of 50 square feet will produce enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of a family of four. Also, research has shown that turfgrasses remove atmospheric pollutants such as carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and perosyzacetyle nitrate from the air. Grass also plays a vital role in capturing dust, smoke particles and other harmful pollutants. Read more about how your lawn helps produce oxygen and clean the air here.
Controlling Water Erosion & Runoff
Your lawn functions as a sponge, trapping water and preventing it from “running off” into area sewer drains and carrying trash, oil and dirt with it. Grass also prevents flooding and soil erosion. Your spongy lawn cleanses the water it collects and breaks down harmful microbes and pollutants, keeping them out of the groundwater supply.
Keeping Your Home Safe from Fire
In San Diego, wildfires are a major hazard to our homes. But did you know? Living grass is the best natural fire break. Green grass retards the spread of wildfires because of its low fuel value. It also provides a defendable space around structures where firefighters can work effectively.
Quieting Noise Pollution
Grass cuts down on excessive sound. It’s a growing problem in urban areas, where hardscape and pavement reverberate sound. In fact, grass slopes alongside lowered expressways reduce noise 8-10 decibels.
To get more information and tips on maintaining your lawn and other living landscapes, even under drought conditions, check out this information from our partners at the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry (OPEI).