Here in the Lubbock area, growing grass can be a challenge. It must be watered and fertilized and it must be the right kind of grass to withstand the high heat of a Lubbock summer. But it is worth your effort because besides looking beautiful, a grass yard has many other benefits as well. At Ashton Walden Turf Services, our lawn care experts have compiled a list of great reasons to grow grass in your yard.
Turf Grass Protects against Erosion
Turf grass protects the soil from wind and water erosion. Healthy turf stabilizes the soil with its roots. The roots “knit the soil together” to prevent movement. Dense turf grass also reduces dust because the soil particles are not able to move in the wind. This ground cover provides a place for airborne dust to settle. Lawns trap as much as 12 million tons of dust a year.
Turf Grass Reduces Water Runoff
Turf grass helps reduce runoff and prevents soil erosion, capturing and filtering rainwater to recharge our groundwater supplies. Grass, leaves and stems cover the soil and intercept raindrops as they fall. This interferes with runoff flow, slowing it to the point where soil particles have a chance to soak it in. In fact, water runoff from lawns is rare because the average 10,000 square foot lawn can absorb more than 6,000 gallons of water from a rainfall event.
A Grassy Lawn Reduces Glare and Noise
Since turf is a non-reflective surface, it acts as a screen to soften glare from the sun. Lawns, trees, and shrubs also have the ability to absorb sound, while hared surfaces like streets will reflect sound. Turf and other green plants can reduce noise levels by 20-30%.
Grass Is a Natural Air Cleaner
Turf takes in carbon dioxide and breaks it down into oxygen and carbon. The lawn outside of your home can provide most of the oxygen you breathe. In fact, a 50-foot by 50-foot area will provide enough oxygen for a family of four, day after day. Turf also takes in other gases. An acre of turf grass will absorb hundreds of pounds of sulfur dioxide per year. The haze created by these pollutants can reduce the sunlight by as much as 15%.
Turf Grass Provides the Perfect Place to Play Outdoors
With thousands of acres of sports fields and golf courses in Texas, turf plays a vital role in our health and well-being. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 17% of our kids are obese, so let’s continue to provide them with places to play outdoors!
If you need help keeping your lawn healthy, or want to start a turf grass lawn from scratch, give the lawn care professionals at Ashton Walden Turf Services a call at (806) 632-3571. We’ll help you choose the right type of grass and help you establish the turf so your lawn looks green and healthy.