9 Greatest Qualities of Lawn Care
A healthy lawn is your home’s front office. It is a visitor’s first impression of not only your home, but also your personal style and sense of order and perfection, or lack thereof.
It is therefore important to have your lawn announce you and your home in a way that leaves no doubt about your touch, and nothing depicts your sense of style and dedication to detail more than a well manicured, vibrant, lush green lawn bounded by an equally immaculate curb.
It is worthwhile to spend time and even hire a lawn service to ensure your health is properly maintained. Below are nine of the greatest qualities of lawn care:
1. Adds Value to Your Home
A well-maintained lawn can increase the value of your home and provide a higher return on investment compared to a home without a lawn, or one with a poorly kept lawn. Some statistics attest that a home with a well-kept lawn has a 15% higher value. Besides, the resulting curb appeal makes selling such a home a walk in the park (or lawn).
2. Filters and Captures Runoff
When there is a runoff after heavy rains, a healthy lawn will absorb it, breaking its flow. The filtered rainwater has ten times less acidity compared to water running off a hard surface. Acidic water is corrosive. It leaches into water metal ions such as copper, lead, manganese, zinc, and iron. It can cause water to have a metallic or sour taste. Besides, water running through turf traps pollutants such as smoke and dust.
3. Heat Reduction
There is a reason why temperatures are higher in cities by a few degrees than in the countryside. This is because the asphalt in cities traps instead of dissipating heat. The resulting heat island effect can make temperatures extremely high. However, grass dissipates this heat island effect to bring down temperatures. In fact, the temperature on your lawn could be cooler than that on asphalt by 30 degrees. Try stepping on asphalt on bare feet on a hot day and you will tell the difference between asphalt and grass.
4. Improves the Quality of Air
Grass filters out tiny pollutants such as smoke and dust particles. Without grass, these pollutants are trapped in the air you and I breathe. Among problems caused by these pollutants include respiratory diseases, allergies, and eye irritation.
5. Carbon Dioxide Absorption
Lawns absorb greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from the air. They then convert the absorbed CO2 into oxygen for the sustenance of animal, plant, and human life. The grass is also more effective in lowering CO2 emissions due to its faster growth rate and high leaf density compared to traditional plants.
6. Generates Oxygen
Lawns generate life-supporting oxygen. Here are some interesting statistics: a family of four can live on oxygen generated by a 2,500 sq. ft. grass lawn; while a 750 sq. ft grass lawn produces enough oxygen to keep 1.21 people breathing, an output comparable to that of 28.74 trees!
7. Supports Biodiversity
Birds and other small mammals derive their habitats and food from trees, shrubs, grass, among other plants. Without grass, some of these creatures will have no place to call home and no food as well.
8. Grass Controls Soil Erosion
Grass has a dense, natural, fibrous root system that is critical in checking soil erosion. In the absence of grass, soil sweeps into streams, limiting the ability of sunlight to penetrate the water. Turfgrass is recommended for its durability compared to the alternatives. It also has better results besides the fact that it is more cost-effective.
9. Contributes to Soil Health
A number of things happen with a healthy lawn. One, the grassroots and clippings decay and become fodder for the topsoil. Second, the organic materials and oxygen produced by healthy grass sustain creatures such as grubs, ants, and earthworms. Third, a healthy lawn is home to organisms such as microbes, fungi, and bacteria, which are essential in a balanced ecosystem.