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A Green Asset

Wednesday, May. 11th 2022

 

 

 

 

A lush, green lawn can be a beautiful sight. While gorgeous turf makes your whole property look amazing, grass has other benefits that go beyond cosmetic beauty. A lawn is made up of many tiny turf plants with leaves (blades) and roots. Both of these main parts of turf anatomy contribute to the well-being of your lawn area.

A primary benefit of roots is the structure that they provide. Barren soil is very unstable and is subject to erosion from both wind and water. As roots extend into the soil, they create a durable barrier that keeps soil secure and stationary. This makes grass especially practical on hillsides that could otherwise wash away during heavy rain.

 

In addition to fortifying your landscape physically, turf’s natural processes of photosynthesis and transpiration provide oxygen while cooling the surrounding area. Turf leaves perform photosynthesis, a process that converts water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen. The transformation of carbon dioxide into oxygen is something that all animal life relies on.

A more immediate benefit is the cooling effect of transpiration. Plants need water to transport nutrients and keep themselves cool in hot weather. Once water has moved nutrients from the roots up to the leaves’ surface, transpiration occurs. This process can be thought of as plants “sweating” tiny droplets of water out of their leaves’ surface. In hot weather, these droplets evaporate, pulling heat from the air and cooling the lawn area.

A carpet of green grass looks great and feels good on your bare feet. The benefits of a healthy lawn, however, are much more than meets the eye.


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