Healthy Lawn Benefits
The most significant investment most individuals make in their lifetime is purchasing a home. A well-maintained landscape can increase the value of a home as much as 15 percent. A 1995 gallop pole indicated that more than 20 million homeowners spent $14.2 billion on green care. The lawn is an integral part of the landscape. It is the canvas on which the rest of the plantings are placed.
A beautiful lawn will enhance any landscape, while a poor lawn will detract from the overall appearance. Not only do lawns increase the aesthetic and economic value of the landscape, but they also provide recreational surfaces, erosion control and other ecological benefits. Lawns provide a safe play area for children. As little as 625 square feet of lawn provides oxygen for one person for one day. Thus, on average a residential lawn of 5000 square feet would supply enough oxygen for eight people. Turf converts gaseous pollutants such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into oxygen. Lawns trap as much as 12 million tons of dust and dirt from the air. Turf areas provide a buffer zone against fires. Turf grass areas play a significant role in the purification of ground water by preventing erosion trapping soil contaminants from rain water and reducing run off. Turf promotes high levels of microorganisms in thatch and topsoil, which play a major role in breaking down contaminants. Eight residential front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning.