A well-maintained lawn is central to your home’s curb appeal and even adds to the value of your property. However, your turfgrass lawn is more than just eye candy. It provides a variety of environmental and health benefits.
Freshome asked Dan Sandor, a postdoctoral associate in turfgrass science at the University of Minnesota, to tell us more about the benefits of turfgrass lawns.
Turfgrasses, trees, and plants help to prevent soil erosion.
The environmental benefits of turfgrass
“Environmental and functional benefits of turfgrasses include soil erosion control; dust stabilization; carbon sequestration; groundwater recharge and improvement of surface water quality; reduction in pollution and contamination from runoff of sediments, nutrients and other organic chemicals; heat dissipation and temperature moderation and much much more,” Sandor says.
Sandor explains that turfgrasses also promote biodiversity, serving as an ecosystem for wildlife and, specifically, for many different species of invertebrates, such as insects and earthworms.
Drown out the noise and avoid the sun’s rays with greenery.
Turfgrass lawns and landscape plantings can reduce noise levels by absorbing and deflecting sounds. Additionally, they reduce glare and light reflection during the day. “Turfgrasses also function as natural firebreaks, which can lower the fire hazard of a home on the property,” Sandor says.