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Environmental Benefits of a Healthy, Sustainable Lawn

April 30th, 2012

We all enjoying having a lush, vibrant yard to enjoy, it can
provide a space for family fun and makes for a beautiful backdrop enhancing
your home, but did you know that having a healthy lawn also benefits our
environment!  Having a healthy lawn is an
important part of both preserving and protecting soil, air and water.

A healthy lawn full of grass provides the most effective
groundcover to prevent erosion and increase the infiltration of water into the
soil. A dense lawn significantly slows down runoff, this reduces the capacity
to carry sediment or other soil matter, reducing the erosive effect of fast
moving water.

Turf grass has a root system that is high in soil
microorganism activity. When soil contaminants come in contact with this root
system, these contaminants are readily degraded and broken down, therefore
there is less opportunity for these materials to reach and affect groundwater.

Having a yard with a healthy lawn, trees and shrubs can also
help regulate summer air temperatures. Shading and evapotranspiration can
reduce air temps from 7-14 degrees which can directly result in lowering you
air conditioning costs.

Here in Minnesota we value our 8 months of summer. It is a
great time to get outside and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. Maintaining
a healthy yard offers more than a beautiful place to relax, but also help make
the world a better place to live!

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