“A healthy lawn not only adds curb appeal, but provides sound proofing and cooling effects to the home,” says David Snodgrass, Landscape Industry Certified manager, president of PLANET.
More than 30 million acres of lawns exist in the United States. It’s estimated that these lawns remove 5 percent of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as well as provide money-saving cooling effects in the summer months.
A well-maintained, 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning — enough to cool 16 average homes. Dense, healthy grass slows down and filters runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Clean, filtered water then returns to the underground water supply. Turf also provides pollution control by trapping dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere.
The healthier the turf, the thicker the roots, and it’s this thick carpet of healthy turf that effectively filters and purifies both air and water.
Homeowners can be proactive in April by reviewing their lawn and doing the following:
Clear the lawn of leaves, downed branches, and other debris that have fallen during the winter.
Aerate the lawn if it seems compacted, if moss is growing, or the grass has worn down. Machines can be rented or a professional can provide the service.
Check the lawn’s pH balance. Grass likes a well pH-balanced lawn. Many local extension offices provide this service.
Homeowners can consult with a lawn care professional to put together a program that ensures their lawns will be healthy and beautiful throughout the year.
For more information, or to find a green industry professional, log on to LandcareNetwork.org/
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About PLANET: PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,600 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.