Every day we walk over it, sit on it, play on it or just sit and watch it grow. Few of us, however, appreciate all that turf does to help us. Many of us take our turf for granted. Here are some fun lawn facts that may help us all to appreciate our lawns.
Did you know, on average, the turf on the front lawn of 8 houses can produce the same cooling effect as 17 air conditioned homes? On a typical hot summer day, the lawn can be up to 86° F cooler than asphalt and 57.2° F cooler than bare soil.
Turf traps pollutants and purifies water as it travels through its root zone. Lawns can also absorb a significant amount of carbon dioxide. While removing bad stuff from the air, a 2,500 ft² lawn can release enough oxygen to keep a family of four breathing for a year. (That’s about three times effective as trees.) A smaller lawn, (50 ft. x 50 ft.) creates enough oxygen daily to meet the needs of a family of four for an entire day. This is all while absorbing carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride and other toxins.
Healthy lawns are important in controlling soil erosion and can absorb rainfall six times more effectively than the average field. Consider this, a well-maintained lawn can add up to 15-20% to the value of a property. feeding it properly, with top quality organic or sustained release nitrogen fertilizers, simply makes sense.
There are approximately 50 million acres of grass in the United States. Approximately 21 million of those acres are in our front and back yards. 85 million households have a private lawn of their own. These lawns take time, however! The average homeowner spends about 4 hours a week caring for their lawn. Depending on where you live (cooler climates take less time than warmer ones), that can total to anywhere from 5 – 8.5 full days out of the year.
We hope you enjoyed these fun lawn facts and have a new respect for the springy green.