Earth Day 2014 is here! 1st recognized in 1970, April 22 is the day the world unites to celebrate and support environmental protection.
The Environmental Protection Agency has a unique fun program to engage kids and adults alike in their environmental commitment. Check it out!
As we celebrate Earth Day in the grass field management industry, we have a lot to be proud of. The positive impact of natural grass to the environment is extensive.
2 of the most impactful facts:
1) A 2 acre soccer field in 1 year sequesters enough carbon from the air to equal driving a car from DC to LA and then back
2) A dense stand of grass reduces pollution and run off (2013 EPA Report)
With those keys, here are some more fun facts are provided us by the Lawn Institute:
– The front lawns of eight average houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons (68 metric tons) of air conditioning, while the average home-size central air has only a 3 to 4 ton capacity (2.7 to 3.9 metric tons).
– In a well maintained, thick 10,000 square foot (929 square meter) lawn there will be 6 turf plants per square inch (25.4 millimeters), 850 turf plants per square foot (30.45 square meters) for a total of 8.5 million turf plants.
– A lawn, 50 by 50 feet releases enough oxygen for a family of four, while absorbing carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and peroxyacetyl nitrate.
– A dense, healthy lawn prevents run-off, absorbing rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field.
– Grass plants are 75 to 80% water, by weight.
– Up to 90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots.
– Grass clippings are approximately 90% water, by weight.
– Clippings contain nutrients useable to the grass, when left on the lawn.
– Turfgrass helps control pollution, trapping much of an estimated 12 million tons (10.9 million metric tons) of dust and dirt released annually into the US atmosphere.
– As part of a well-designed and maintained landscape, turfgrass increases a home’s property value by 15 to 20 %.
Additionally, here is a fantastic fact sheet on the benefits of natural grass from Kansas State University
ENJOY EARTH DAY! And enjoy your natural grass!