Weed Man

April 13, 2011 12:33 ET

Weed Man: The Benefits of a Healthy Lawn and Garden

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 13, 2011) - In recent years there has been a push to eliminate residential lawns and replace them with stonework or something similar. Unfortunately, many people do not realize the benefits of a healthy lawn and garden, and what it can provide to the homeowner and the environment. On the surface, healthy, green grass provides individuals and families with a beautiful place to play and relax, however on a deeper level a healthy lawn and garden does much more. It provides water absorption, water purification, oxygen production and noise reduction.

A healthy lawn and garden can also affect the health and mood of people, mostly through the variety of fresh aromas offered to a person while walking through the neighbourhood. A healthy lawn and garden also provides a safe area for children to play and can also encourage them to spend more time outdoors. Hardscapes, by contrast, are not as functional or beneficial as a landscape comprised of a healthy lawn and garden.

A healthy lawn and garden and good water management

One major benefit of a healthy lawn and garden is that they absorb rainfall during different times of the year. This not only provides moisture for a healthy lawn and garden, but it is an important part of municipality storm water management. In the last few years there has been a huge push for the use of rain barrels for storing rainwater for later use and it has proven to be a great practice for the healthy lawn and garden.

As a healthy lawn and garden absorbs rainfall, it also filters and traps dirt and dust that would otherwise be released into the air each year. Without grass as a ground cover there would be more dust floating in the air. With a maintained, healthy lawn and garden, weeds would be choked out and unable to become established in playgrounds, parks and homes, lessening the amount of allergens in the air.

Other environmental benefits of a healthy lawn and garden

There is also an economic variable related to having healthy lawn and garden in the community. Air temperature can be reduced by as much as 8 degrees C, when compared to areas with no vegetation. As the costs of running air conditioners increases, the apparent need for more green space should as well. This includes residential lawns and gardens, trees and shrubs and some would argue the living roofs are part of this cooling effect as well.

As green grass is cooling the earth it is also cleaning the air of carbon dioxide and ozone and the by-product is oxygen. One hectare of green grass in a healthy lawn and garden produces more oxygen than one hectare of forest! Grass starts producing oxygen early in the year as soon as it comes out of dormancy in the spring, before the deciduous leaves come out, and continues late into the fall well after the leaves have fallen. It would only make sense that the combination of a healthy lawn and garden would be best for oxygen production as well as cooling of the earth.

About Weed Man –Canada's lawn care specialists

Over 40 years Weed Man has created and promoted healthy lawns with industry-leading lawn care and other yard care services. As an organization Weed Man knows that a healthy lawn and garden, trees and any other green spaces are beneficial to homeowners and the environment and we strongly advise against replacing natural lawns with stonework, asphalt or artificial turf. To learn more about maintaining a healthy lawn and garden, visit Weed Man at http://local.weedmancanada.com.

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