Turf grass does so many other things than just provide a safe place for the kids to play and somewhere for the family pet to ‘go’. Your grass can be one of the more environmentally friendly aspects of the whole property in a properly managed landscape.
Grass captures and filters runoff.
During a rain event; the paved surfaces of the property are ejecting their water directly into the sewer system or waterway. If you direct that water over a stand of grass before it leaves the property, it will slow the water down and absorb most of it. What does run off will have been filtered of sediment and pollution and be up to ten times cleaner.
Reduces Soil Erosion.
A downspout emptying into a bed will erode it in a years’ time. Empty it into the grass and you won’t have that problem.
It generates Oxygen.
A 25 square foot area of grass can support one person for a day. A turf area of 50’/50’ produces enough for a family of four.
Reduces the Heat Island Effect.
On a hot day; turf will be up to 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil.
And finally, lawns are the largest carbon sink in the U.S.
Grass sequesters more than seven-fold the amount of carbon it takes to maintain it.
So you can see, all parts of the landscape can contribute to the greening of your home. It just needs to be done sensitively and with thought.