Benefits of Natural Turfgrass
Turfgrass accounts for more than 50 million acres of maintained, irrigated natural grass in the United States alone, including home lawns, public parks and roadsides, golf courses, athletic fields and professional sports stadiums. What better time to explore the benefits of natural turfgrass than during April when we celebrate National Lawn Care Month?
Numerous studies show that natural turfgrass offers significant benefits for the environment and for our health and wellness. Here are a few of the benefits we receive from natural grass:
Better air quality. As a living organism, turfgrass takes in carbon dioxide, converts it into simple sugars through the process of photosynthesis, then releases it into the atmosphere as oxygen. A natural turfgrass area measuring 2,500 square feet produces enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.
Reduces runoff. Landscaped areas filter excess storm water and reduce sediment and pollutants from entering bodies of water. Turfgrass also redirects and slows the flow of water, allowing it to be absorbed by the soil, which helps prevent soil erosion and flooding.
Keeps it cooler. On a hot summer day, a well-maintained turfgrass area will be at least 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil. A study by the California Energy Commission found that the cooling effect of an average size lawn is equal to about nine tons of air conditioning. The average home has an air conditioner with a three- or four-ton capacity.
Reduces stress. Studies show that plants lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension related to stress, improve attention and reduce feelings of fear and anger or aggression. Additionally, people who live and work in an environment with a view of lawns and nature compared to an urban view were found to recover from stress more quickly. Green spaces are also proven to increase work productivity.
Therapeutic effect. Caring for lawns and plants can have a therapeutic effect and is included in many rehabilitation programs. These programs have been successful in aiding the recovery of disabled people and helping the elderly stay mobile.
Curb appeal. Turfgrass and green spaces increase curb and community appeal. Studies show that landscaping can add 12 to 15 percent to the value of a home, with well-manicured lawns and public spaces among the most important factors individuals and families consider when deciding where to live. Residents in landscaped areas tend to know their neighbors better, socialize more often and have stronger feelings of community.
Safer surface. About 80 million people in the U.S. over the age of seven play sports on turfgrass, with many professional athletes saying they prefer to play on natural grass surfaces. For example, Celebration® Bermudagrass is used on many golf courses and sports fields because it has a softness that helps reduce injury and exceptional wear tolerance for quicker recovery.
Sod Solutions offers a variety of turfgrass options for home lawns, golf courses, sports venues and public spaces. Each of our varieties is selected after seven to 10 years of research and testing to ensure that it is technically better than what presently is on the market.