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    Environmental Benefits of Lawn Care: It's More Than Just Grass

    Shaun Kanary
    Posted by: Shaun Kanary on January 11, 2012

    environmental benefits of lawn careHave you ever wondered why Americans have such an obsession with their lawns?  The obvious answer is because of the aesthetic qualities that a well maintained lawn can add to your home or business.  Believe it or not, that beautiful lawn actually performs many other functions that can improve everyone’s quality of life.

    What a well maintained, fertilized lawn does that's Eco-Friendly:

    • Soil erosion- a dense healthy lawn uses it’s roots to hold your ground
    • Dust prevention- thick lawns keep dust from entering the air and out of our lungs, homes, and waterways
    • Heat dissipation- surfaces covered with natural vegetation can greatly reduce surface air temperatures
    • Noise reduction- just like carpet in a home, healthy lawns can absorb noise
    • Air pollution- CO2   is absorbed and filtered during active growing periods, and oxygen is released
    • Nuisance animal reduction- mowing lawns on a regular basis will keep unwanted animals such away
    • Low cost surface- compared to some other possible exterior surfaces, lawns are relatively inexpensive
    • Physical/Mental Health- Lawns provide areas for recreation, sport, exercise, and relaxation. 
    • Safety- A dense lawn can act as a cushion during recreational activities, providing safe landing for little (and sometimes big) ones!
    • Aesthetics- a well manicured lawn can enhance a landscape and curb appeal
    • Increased property value-  A well maintained lawn and landscape have been said to increase a properties value up to 15%!
    • Compliments trees and shrubs- high quality lawn care will enhance the beauty of other landscape components such as trees, shrubs, and perennials
    • Quality of life- when all of the above benefits are put together, the quality of life for homeowners, a neighborhood, and a community are all increased.

    Keep these benefits in mind next time you think you are “just mowing the grass.”  Our lawns are much more than “just grass.”

    Author: Andrew Muntz received his Master’s of Science in Turfgrass science and his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Horticulture at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH.  


    Shaun Kanary

    Shaun has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro, a Cleveland and Columbus Fertilizing Company, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazines and blogs.

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