Why Sod? 15 Reasons to Sod your Lawn.
Benefits of Turf Grass – Reasons to Sod: The following quotations are the opinions of researchers and scientists.
Soil Erosion Control
“Turf grasses are relatively inexpensive, durable ground covers that protect our valuable nonrenewable soil resource from water and wind erosion”. Dr James B Beard, Professor Emetrus Texas A&M University, Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (January 2006)
Environmental Benefits of Sodding Lawns
The strategic use of turfgrass is the most sensible and economically feasible approach to countering the greenhouse effect in urban areas. Dr. Thomas L Watschke – Pennsylvania State University “The Environmental Benefits of Turfgrass and Their Impact on the Greenhouse Effect”
Storm Water Runoff Reduction and Soil Restoration
“One of the key mechanisms by which turfgrasses preserve water is their superior capability to trap and hold runoff, which results in more water infiltrating through the soil turfgrass ecosystem.” Dr James B Beard, Professor Emetrus Texas A&M University, Council of Agricultural Science and Technology
“Although the roots of turfgrass generally aren’t as deep as the roots of prairie plants, they have a higher plant density which affects infiltration and decreases water runoff and increases percolation”. Dr. John Stier, Horticulture Professor University of Wisconsin (Madison June 2007)
“An extremely important function of turf grasses is soil improvement through organic matter additions derived from the turnover of foods and other plant tissues. ” Dr James B Beard, Professor Emetrus Texas A&M University, Council of Agricultural Science and Technology
Dust and Air Pollution Control
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“Turf grasses trap an estimated 12 Million tons of dust and dirt released annually into the atmosphere.” Dr. Thomas L Watschke – Pennsylvania State University
Wild Life Habitat: 1.7 Times
“Typically 1.7 times more area on a golf course is used for natural habitat thanis used for golf.” Dr James B Beard, Professor Emetrus Texas A&M University, Council of Agricultural Science and Technology and Dr. Robert I Green, University of California – Riverside “The Role of Turfgrasses in Environmental Protection and Their Benefits to Humans.
Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Turf
“Hospital patients who were provided with an outdoor view of nature recovered more quickly than patients whose rooms viewed a hospital wing.” University of California Riverside Turfgrass Research Program
“Two surveys of patients of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder have shown that performing activities in green settings can reduce the symptoms of AD/HD” Fisher Taylor, A., Kuo, F.E. and Sullivan, W.C (2001) “Coping with ADD: The Surprising Connection to Green Play Settings” Environment and Behavior, 33(1) 54 -77 and Fisher Taylor, A., Kuo, F.E. (2004) ” A Potential Natural Treatment for AD/HD: Evidence from a national study.” American Journal of Public Health, 94((), 1580 – 1586
Cooling Effect: 70 Tons of Air Conditioning
“The front lawns of eight average homes have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning.” Maryland Turfgrass, Survey 1996 An Economic Value Study
Oxygen Production: 55 Square Feet.
Note: 55 square feet is only a lawn 5 feet by 11 feet…even a small lawn is bigger than that!
“55 square feet of turf grass provides enough oxygen for one person for an entire day.” Dr. Thomas L Watschke – Pennsylvania State University
Carbon Retention & Storage: 37 Billion
“Nearly a ton of carbon per acre per year is stored in the soil of golf course fairways and greens.” Ron Follett of Agricultural Reseach Service (ARS) Soil-Plant Nutrient Research Unit in Fort Collins, CO and Yaling Quin Colorado State University.
“Lawns are a carbon sink. If people recycle grass clippings, leaving them to decompose on their lawn, the US lawn area could store up to 37 billions of carbon each year. ” Chirstina Milesi, NASA Ames Research Center 2006.
Heat Dissipation: 50%
“Turfgrass plays an important part in controlling our climate. Grassed surfaces reduce temperature extremes by absorbing the sun’s heat during the day and releasing it slowly in the evening, thus moderating temperature. Grass plants absorb some solar radiation to fuel the photosynthesis process. Roughly 50% of the sun’s heat striking the turf may be eliminated through this transpirational cooling process. Maryland Turfgrass Survey 1996 An Economic Value Study
Reduction Pests and Help with Allergies
“Exposure to a number of serious human diseases is facilitate by insects…a closely mowed lawn around residences offers less favorable habitat for unwanted nuisance insets and disease vectors.” Choppton and Gold 1993
“Common allergies such as tree pollen, dust mites and mold are prevalent in everyday life. Regularly mowed turf grass does not produce seed and therefore minimizes the likelihood of some allergy-related problems that are more likely with taller grasses and other plants.” The Lawn Institute
Improved Property Value
“While many kinds of home improvements add value to a home, only landscaping appreciates over time. So like a fine wine, good landscaping matures and grows in value, adding to a properties bottom line long after the contractor leaves the site.” Landscape Plant Material Size and Design Sophistication Increase Perceived Home Value” Bebe. B. et al. Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, Journal of Environmental Horticulture 2005.
Noise Reduction and Heat and Glare Reduction
Psychologists who studied people-plant interactions quantify their results by testing blood pressure and hear rate documented the health benefits of ‘nearby nature’ (turf and mixed landscapes and natural settings and showed this to be beneficial to physical and mental health. University of California, Riverside Turfgrass Program
In January 20015 a new California State law became effective. It extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30 to 100 feet. Proper clearance of 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of a house surviving a wildfire and provides a firefighter safety zone.