Turf is a source of pleasure for us as we live our lives, play with the kids, wrestle with the dog, go for a walk through the park or play sport.
It also has environmental benefits - reducing carbon dioxide, acting as an air conditioner and reducing soil erosion.
Turf absorbs carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in the soil. It has a greater ability to do this than trees, meaning it can also produce oxygen more efficiently.
Studies have shown that grass continues to store carbon even at high levels of carbon dioxide - unlike trees, that 'shut down' when overloaded.
Every day 15m2 of lawn provides all the oxygen needed by one person for that day.
Lawns help filter rainwater into the soil, preventing erosion and runoff of potential contaminants into water sources.
Turf is the most cost-effective method for controlling wind and water erosion. turf promotes high populations of microorganisms in the thatch layer and topsoil, which act to break down impurities and filter the water before it enters the water table
Turf also ...
Your Green Air Conditioner
Turf makes the surrounding environment cooler and increases the cooling capacity of your home. Properties with turf will be much cooler than properties surrounded only by pavers or concrete.
The temperature of a green lawn in mid summer can be:
- 10°C less than bare soil
- 20°C less than pavers or concrete
Grass functions as an air conditioner with the capability to cool, even in urban areas. The cooling power of turf helps conserve energy and save money as air-conditioning use can be significantly lowered.
One average front lawn has the cooling affect of 8.75 tonnes of air conditioning (an average home air conditioner only has a 4 tonne capacity), without the negative effects on the environment like carbon dioxide emissions.
Research studies have found that:
- grassy areas create feelings of serenity, privacy, thoughtfulness, happiness or reflection
- turf is the safest surface for outdoor leisure activities, games and sports
- psychologically, the colour green makes us feel closer to nature and makes us feel rested
- turf is usually the centerpiece of a garden and most people still regard a turfed yard as part of the Australian dream
- and while many of us see it as a chore, mowing your lawn gets you outdoors and provides valuable cardiovascular exercise!