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The Grass is always Greener on the other side.....

The US Lawn Institute And over here too! It is a fact - grass is green! The benefits in lawns and sports turf are often overlooked. Most homes have lawn areas and the beauty of a uniform, green carpet surrounding the house sets the stage for other landscaping. Many people enjoy participating in outdoor sporting activities and others enjoy watching such events. Turf adds to the enjoyment and safety of the players and contributes to the entire scene for the spectator. But, there are many more benefits which are not as obvious but which are very important to our health, to our environment and to the economy.

The US Lawn Institute has flagged up the benefits of turf grass to the environment.

Formed in 1955, The Lawn Institute was created as a not-for-profit corporation to assist in and encourage through research and education the improvement of lawns and sports turf. Since then, the Institute has been one of the most respected authorities in the world among turf professionals and scientists for monitoring, reporting, and interpreting the latest advances in turfgrass research, landscape horticulture, and agronomic science. The Lawn Institute conducts its own research program which funds some of the world's highest regarded turf scientist to fill gaps in our knowledge.

It is the desire of The Lawn Institute that natural turfgrass is utilized and properly cared for in everyplace that it is applicable. The Lawn Institute is proud to make it's over 50 years of expertise available to everyone, reports Horticulture Week Magazine this week.

The list of environmental benefits of turf grass included:

•Cooling the air – the lawns on a block of eight average homes have the cooling effect of 70 tonnes of air conditioning.

•Producing oxygen – 5 Sqm of turf grass provide enough oxygen for one person for an entire day.

•Filtering the air and reducing pollution – turf grasses trap an estimated 12 million tonnes of dust and dirt in the atmosphere annually.

•Recharging and filtering groundwater supplies – is able to provide water infiltration through the soil/turf grass ecosystem.

•Reducing storm-water run-off – turf grasses preserve water by trapping and holding runoff with higher plant root density.

•Restoring soil quality – soil is improved through organic matter and additions derived from the decomposition of roots and other plant tissues.

•Retaining and sequestering carbon lawn areas in the US alone could store up to 37 billion pounds of carbon.

Mike Seaton, Founder of The Lawn Society said "The environmental benefits of promoting healthy desirable turf grasses in your lawn and professional sports turf is widely known. The problem in the United Kingdom is that knowledge of lawns and their care has not exactly been promoted by the Media and as a result some lawn owners have given up on their lawns and tagged them as 'troublesome". Seaton added "The rise in Lawn Treatment Companies has helped educate the lawn owner considerably but only if the message being promoted to the amateur lawn owner is factual and timely and in line with professional turf culture techniques, often it is not".

Should you require technical assistance with your lawn, you can search this blog on the common and not so common problems associated with lawns and their care.

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