“As a society we tend to take the benefits of grass for granted,” says James B Beard Ph.D., one of America’s leading turfgrass experts and the chief scientist at the International Sports Turf Institute.
Areas of turfgrass contribute to social harmony and community pride, increase property values and compliment other landscape plants. Natural grass, also called turfgrass, also provides many benefits on golf courses, athletic fields, parks, playgrounds and commercial properties.
Beard notes, “Turfgrasses have been utilized by humans to enhance their environment for more than 10 centuries.
There are many other benefits of turfgrass.
- Healthy turfgrass generates oxygen for improved air quality.
- It reduces noise and air pollution as the grass plant ecosystem serves as a natural filter for the environment.
- Natural grass provides excellent soil erosion control.
- Lawns improve recharge and quality protection of groundwater and provide flood control.
- They enhance entrapment and biodegradation of synthetic organic compounds.
- They absorb and sequester carbon dioxide gases.
- The growing grass plants bring substantial urban heat dissipation which results in temperature moderation.
- Lawns contribute to home security as well, providing high visibility zones that deter potential intruders and open green spaces that serve as a firebreak to reduce fire hazards.
Use this link to The Lawn Institute website to learn more about how to take care of your lawn.