means healthy lives Frequently, those little green factories at our feet are taken for granted. It’s easy to overlook the many reasons why a healthy lawn or a dense athletic turf is an essential part of our lives. This primer from the NALP explains why the benefits of turf are as simple as A, B, C. Aesthetically pleasing — The value of turfed areas have been recognised for their beauty since China’s emperors maintained mowed-grass areas (157-87 BC).
— Businesses and manufacturing complexes that have well-maintained grassy areas create a favourable impression to the general public, employees, and customers. Lawns increase the value of the property by up to15 percent.
— Turf grasses appreciably cool temperatures, thus working as exterior “air conditioners.”
— Dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere are trapped by turf, keeping our air cleaner and fresher. Erosion control — Grasses greatly control erosion by intercepting both raindrops before they disturb the soil and slow-flowing water so that larger soil particles are captured from the collected water.
— Buffer areas of well-maintained grassy lawns around buildings are good insurance against fire.
— Millions of people play golf for exercise, relaxation, and business transactions.
— Turf grasses cushion, clean air, generate oxygen, and create serene, beautiful landscapes.
— A soft, resilient turf grass surface buffers and absorbs some of the impact from injuries due to sports and games.
— Garbage is less likely to be thrown on an area where there is a well-maintained lawn.
— The care of turf grasses and other plants is considered so therapeutic it is used in a variety of rehabilitation programs, including those for the ill, elderly, handicapped, and the incarcerated.
— Lawns are estimated to occupy an area of between 0.5 million to 1 million acres in the U.K. and is increasing along with the population.
— Monetary value is associated with a well-manicured lawn. As a result sales prices of homes may increase up to 20 percent.
— Grassy areas reduce excessive sound, something especially appreciated in urban areas. Grassy slopes beside lowered expressways decrease noise 8–10 decibels.
— The oxygen generated by turf grasses has a major impact on making our environment habitable. A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for one year.
— Turf grasses absorb such pollutants as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, which renders the air unfit to breathe. Turf grass thatch also acts as a barrier that deters chemicals from entering the soil profile.
— Grassy areas, whether as aspects of parks, golf courses, memorials, or homes, affect mood and create feelings of serenity, thoughtfulness, happiness, or sadness, depending on our personal associations.
— A highly maintained lawn greatly reduces runoff of water and pollutants. Dense turf grass cleans the water, which helps maintain a high-quality environment.
— Grassy playing surfaces are safer than dirt, Astroturf, or concrete because they provide sure footing and cushioning sod that adds to the quality of sports. Traffic cop — Lawn barriers attractively and clearly direct both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in areas of heavy movement, whether on campuses, roads, or neighbourhoods.
— Urban area lawns offer a little taste of the countryside, providing a much-needed link with nature and reducing stress.
— Young and old alike enjoy games and come alive on grassy areas. No other surface material feels as soothing on bare feet or is as good for playing games and even turning somersaults.
— A dense turf enhances groundwater in two ways. First, turf grasses increase water infiltration. They also clean the water as it passes through the grass so that underground water supplies are replenished for our use