Turf Tips

Green and Healthy Lawns are Good for the Environment

Some folks have suggested that the use of fertilizers to keep lawns growing green and healthy is an environmental issue and concern.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, a healthy, green lawn is vital to a clean environment, providing a number of benefits.


Nutrient Absorption – Healthy turf helps to lock nitrogen and phosphorus in the root zone and prevent possible leaching down into groundwater.  Research has shown that the best way to keep nutrients out of our water resources is to maintain healthy grass.  A Cornell University study, for instance, shows that a healthy, properly fertilized lawn is the best protection against possible nitrogen leaching into water.  A healthy lawn, in other words, may be viewed as a protective shield against environmental concerns.


Oxygen Generation – Plants give life by releasing oxygen, which is necessary for human life.  Through photosynthesis, plants remove polluting gases like carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen.


Erosion Control – Similarly, healthy grass holds soil in place and prevents it from being washed away into our rivers, lakes, and streams.


Heat Reduction – Trees, shrubs, and grass absorb heat provide shade and create dead air spaces to help insulate buildings and the earth from the sun.  Turf has a significantly lower surface temperature than pavement or bare soil.


Noise Abatement – Trees, shrubs, and grass act as acoustic screens and sound deadeners to absorb some of the noise of our modern environment.


Aesthetics – What is the impression formed in your mind when you approach a house for the first time? Usually, the appearance of the yard – grass, trees, and flowers- forms our initial impression.  A healthy lawn not only provides beautification for the owner’s enjoyment, it can also add to the value of the property.


Source: The Professional Lawn Care Association of America and The Fertilizer Institute