It’s not always easy to engage with the environment in our everyday lives. One good way to get back to nature without even leaving your property is to take care of your lawn. By putting time and effort into the health and well being of your lawn, you will instantly feel satisfaction and gratification in a hard day’s work and in the knowledge that you are doing something good for the environment.
We at CT Lawns, located just north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, always have the environment in mind as we sell and install new turf. Read below to find out how your lawn helps the environment.
Lawns Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
This is especially true when you plant grass that requires low-level care. Some of the best low maintenance turfs are Sir Walter turf or Zoysia as they both grow slowly and neatly, so you won’t need to mow your lawn as often. If you’re not using much fertiliser or herbicides in your lawn care, then you’ll be contributing even less carbon into the environment.
The turf itself, however, helps capture carbon and other pollutants like dust and smoke particles that degrade air quality. Turf is like any other plant, in that it goes through the process of photosynthesis, absorbing carbon and converting it into oxygen. So your turf will absorb gaseous pollutants caused by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities. Your lawn can sequester any carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and therefore prevent any accumulation, which is one of the leading causes of global warming.
Even if you manage your lawn in the average range, your turfgrass will capture significantly more amounts of carbon than what any typical lawn mower can produce. This will all, in turn, help trees produce oxygen more efficiently.
Your Lawn Can Cool Down the Air Around You
Here in the Sunshine Coast, we know how important it is to find ways to keep cool in the summer. Your lawn can work to trap the heat of the sun, which reduces the heat during the day and balances it out at night.
An average front lawn has the cooling effect of 8.75 tonnes of air conditioning, except rather than releasing burnt fossil fuels into the air, it absorbs them. Grass also can cool down trees, similar to the effect of an open water pool or lake but far less wasteful in water evaporation. This would be good because if you live in a bushfire region, your lawn can help reduce the risk of fire starting or spreading.
Turf Helps Create a Balanced Ecosystem
Where there is grass, certain types of animals and insects will converge and breed, creating a more sustainable and balanced ecosystem. In addition, you’ll find your lawn a safer environment because turf keeps out the types of vegetation that might conceal snakes or rodents that could be dangerous.
Grass Prevents Erosion
Soil erosion is one of the biggest environmental problems we are facing. Due mainly to deforestation, topsoil, which carries many nutrients and organic matter, is being eroded by rain and wind more now than ever. A solid layer of turf not only protects the topsoil from being eroded, but it also helps the roots of the grass bind to the soil, thus stabilising the soil and land overall.
To find out more reasons why having a lawn is good for the environment, or to install some turf yourself, give us at CT Lawns a call today.