The amazing grass plant!

In a world where carbon footprints and global warming are front page news, it is time to take a closer look at Turfgrass and the many benefits it has to offer our environment.

Grass does more than just cover the ground and provide color in the concrete jungles we call cities.  Green spaces, from grassy parks to home lawns, improve our environment and our quality of life. They reduce air pollution, help lower temperatures, purify our water, lower noise levels and decrease water run off from storms.

Grass traps dust, air particles, smoke and other pollutants from the air, improving the air quality and helping to minimize the effects of urban smog. Recent studies show lawns to be net sequesters of carbon, storing more than is produced by the equipment used to maintain them.

Lawns are oxygen producers.  A lawn area 50′ by 50′ will produce enough oxygen for the daily needs of a family of four.  An acre of grass will produce enough oxygen for 64 people a day.

Lawns act as natural air conditioners, lowering air temperatures. Grass tends to be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare dirt, helping to reduce additional energy needs for air conditioning. The front lawns of eight homes can produce the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning, aiding in reducing the heat island effect of our urban areas.

The grass in community parks and open spaces can reduce noise levels by 20 to 30% helping to reduce traffic noise.

The benefits of grass are many but often taken for granted, helping to improving our environment and our quality of life.

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About Mark Leonard

Mark is the Head of Sales and Marketing at ScienTurfic Sod Farms; the most widely recognized grower of turf grasses in the Rocky Mountain region. ScienTurfic has been growing great lawns for over 40 years with it's environmentally friendly and drought tolerant blends of hybrid grasses.
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