The Benefits of Beautiful Lawns
You may not know it, but your lawn is more than just a pretty space. Beautiful lawns offer multiple financial, environmental, and health benefits beyond their obvious aesthetic qualities.
Financial Benefits of a Healthy Lawn
A properly maintained lawn with well-placed trees and shrubs can add up to 15% to your home’s value. Plus, a strategically designed landscape including lawns, trees and shrubs can reduce air temperatures from 7º to 14º reducing your air conditioning costs.
Environmental Benefits of Lawns
In lawns where pesticide usage is minimized and fertilizer is correctly and judiciously applied, the environmental benefits far outweigh the impact of pesticide and fertilizer.
Lawns help reduce surface water run-off, and absorb and filter large quantities of storm water, reducing the amount that’s funneled directly into our lakes and rivers. The fibrous network of roots in a dense, healthy lawn filters out nutrients and other ground water pollutants, improving ground water quality.
Healthy grass traps dust and allergens along with air pollutants allowing them to be broken down by microorganisms and thus improving over-all air quality. Grass plants remove a significant amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, replacing it with oxygen (O2). One estimate is that over the course of one growing season, for every 25 square foot section of lawn enough oxygen is produced to accommodate an adult person for an entire day.
Benefits for Aesthetics, Health, and Mental State
Healthy, beautiful lawns have been shown to have a positive, calming effect. A lawn view can reduce stress, and improve one’s health and mental state.
A healthy lawn can significantly reduce the potential for injuries during play and sports. Finally, lawns help reduce noise by absorbing and refracting sound, and cut down on glare and light reflection, making your home more comfortable and pleasant.