Think Green in April
The Greener Grass Company, a member of the Lawn Care Association of Pennsylvania, celebrates National Lawn Care Month, as well as Lawn Care Month in Pennsylvania, in April by reminding consumers about the environmental benefits of a healthy lawn.
[ClickPress, Sat Apr 29 2006] More than 30 million acres of lawns exist in the United States. It's estimated that these lawns remove five percent of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and provide a significant amount of oxygen.
Lawns also trap more than 12 million tons of dust and dirt annually. Healthy lawns trap and filter rainwater, and they protect from erosion. Additionally, they provide a cooling effect in summer months and help boost energy efficiency.
Healthy lawns play an important role in home sales and they have a huge impact on "curb appeal." Realtors report that homes with beautiful lawns and landscaping can increase property values by 15 to 20 percent.
As spring arrives, 30 million acres of lawns across the nation are becoming green and growing. The return of warm weather, green grass, and flowering plants makes April the ideal time to celebrate the benefits of turf.
Lawn care companies provide jobs and significant financial benefits for the economy. A Harris Interactive survey reports that US households spent more than $11.6 billion on lawn care in 2003. These figures represent 12 percent growth from 2002, and this growth is expected to continue.
"Homeowners understand that their lawns and landscape are a valuable investment," states John Gibson, CLT, president of PLANET (The Professional Landcare Network). "With low mortgage rates and increased housing starts, homeowners are making significant financial investments in their properties, knowing they'll see a return. Homeowners report returns on investment of 100 to 200 percent."
Aside from economic and aesthetic benefits, a well-maintained lawn provides many environmental benefits, including:
Oxygen production - turf's power to generate oxygen has a major impact on the environment. A 50-foot x 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.
Cooling effect - grass is a natural air conditioner. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning - enough for 16 average homes.
Pollution control - turf traps dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere, which helps keep the air cleaner. Grass also converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, a process that helps clear the air.
Water quality - dense, healthy grass slows down and filters runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Fresh, filtered water returns to the underground water supply.
In addition to being beautiful, lawns have a positive impact on the environment. Homeowners can be proactive in April by working with a lawn care professional and putting together a lawn care program that ensures that their lawns will be healthy and beautiful throughout the year.
The Greener Grass Company LLC
On the Web at www.MyGreenerGrass.com