Compost and Mulch
Pests and Diseases
Scientists have found that people feel better and live healthier when surrounded by green grass and trees. Doctors have also discovered that people recover faster from surgery and illness when they have visual access to green landscapes. A turf area just 50-feet by 50-feet absorbs carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride and perosyacetyle and releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four. The grass and trees along the U.S. interstate highway systems release enough oxygen to support 22 million people.
Turfgrasses and other landscape plants help people conserve energy by the temperature moderating effects of evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration). As water evaporates and transpires from the canopy of trees and grasses, it absorbs heat from the atmosphere and reduces air temperature. The front lawns of eight average homes in a residential area have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning.
Water use is a problem facing many urban communities and turfgrasses are often seen as part of the problem. But, grasses don't waste water; people do. In natural settings, grasses conserve water by increasing the infiltration rate and storage capacity of soils. They also eliminate erosion in urban areas and moderate urban climates.