As I drive around my neighborhood and the country, I see that many people really like their lawn. They are proud of it; compare it to their neighbors to see whose lawn is greener, thicker and weed free. Some complain that the neighbors send their dandelion seeds over to their lawns. When you re-seed your whole lawn it’s like a fresh coat of paint in a room, beautiful, but with a pleasant smell. Some say that lawns take up too much time, water, mowing and fertilizer. However, the quality of lawns is getting better. Both private research companies and leading universities continue to produce new, improved varieties of grass that perform better than even 10 years ago. Jonathan Green has an extensive research and development department that constantly works to discover new and better breeds of grass seed for your lawn. New lawn grasses are being bred to require less fertilizer, mowing and water and still look great.
It is important to have a healthy lawn. Why are lawns so beneficial? Lawns purify the air. The leaves of grass plants absorb pollutants including those associated with acid rain and global warming. Grass plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and produce oxygen in return. An average lawn of 5,000 square feet provides enough oxygen for eight people every day. Lawns improve the quality of our surroundings. The lawn around your house cools the immediate environment, saving on air conditioning costs. Grass controls erosion and improves soil conditions by absorbing potential run-off water. A healthy lawn purifies water, reduces noise and glare while increasing your property value. A well-manicured lawn can add substantial “street-wow” to your property when you live there and when you try to sell it.
In the 1960’s during the Cultural Revolution in China, the government proclaimed that all symbols of capitalism throughout the country be eliminated! This included the removal of green lawns and cutting down of trees. As a result, noise pollution, soil erosion and dust storms in the cities was tremendous, an environmental nightmare. Dust was their biggest export! In 2002, the China Daily Newspaper reported, “that in an effort to undo the environmental damage of the past” China had embarked on a 10 year program at a cost of $2.4 billion dollars to plant 170,000 square miles of trees and greenery. This represents an area roughly the size of California! Today China is one of the biggest importers of grass seed from the Pacific Northwest.
Lawns are very important to help filter water and prevent erosion. This is important to keep our waterways, lakes and ocean clean to enjoy. If all of the water from rainfall that lawns filter did not exist, we would have terrible soil erosion. The cool inviting beauty of the grass is very inviting to walk through or have a picnic on. You cannot have a good picnic without a lush, green lawn. How about rolling around your grass with the kids and dog? Perhaps you like to play catch with your children?
A healthy lawn over time builds up and improves the quality of the soil. Ever wonder how a sod grower cuts the sod with a layer of some soil attached to the sod and yet you do not see the level of his fields lowering each year? Proper farming techniques and lawn care can actually build your top soil supply and quality. Microbial activity in the soil and earthworm populations increase in healthy soil maintained with organic lawn products. Jonathan Green offers a full line of organic lawn products for your lawn and includes organic lawn fertilizers and weed controls.
Lastly, a well maintained lawn reduces the chances of ticks, including deer ticks, which may harbor in your grass. Ticks tend to hang out in areas with longer growing grass like the edge of woods and fields. This alone should be reason to be proud of your lush green lawn. The truth is, most people take grass for granted and do realize the many benefits if provides. Love your lawn this year.