In school districts across the nation, turfgrass (natural grass) is being replaced with artificial turf. Many believe artificial turf is beneficial for a community based on maintenance and durability claims. However, the benefits of turfgrass deserve a second look. A study conducted for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute by Dr. Ranajit Sahu, an independent environmental and energy expert, concluded that the pros of turfgrass far outweigh the cons.
Captures water runoff and dust in the air
Having the right turfgrass for your specific climate can eliminate negative effects from water overuse and other harmful practices. Natural grass cover captures polluted storm water runoff and reduces soil erosion, preventing sediment from entering rivers, lakes and seas. Plus, it acts like a sponge, absorbing diseases from airborne dust and particulate matter.
Lessens the "heat island" effect
Urban areas generally have higher temperatures than rural areas, creating a "heat island". Lawns and other green spaces have a natural cooling power that lessens this effect. Planting turfgrass in these communities reduces energy consumption, water evaporation, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Reduces carbon emissions
A well-managed lawn can capture more carbon than is produced by the engine of today's lawn mower. Plus, grass clippings act like a fertilizer that can provide up to one-third of the annual feeding requirements for a lawn - naturally.
Boosts oxygen in the air
Turfgrass is second only to forests in capturing carbon and producing oxygen. A 50' x 50' lawn can generate enough oxygen for a family of four.
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