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How Central Florida Sod is Good for the Environment

Nov 30, 2016 | Turfgrass Products

You might not think that residential or commercial lawns are good for the environment, but the truth is these dense, healthy lawns are a wonderful part of a healthy ecosystem.

These lush lawns absorb rainfall 2,000 times better than bare soil. Subsequently, they prevent erosion of our topsoil and stop additional phosphorous from finding its way into our rivers and lakes. 

Sod is Cool

Literally. When planting a new sod lawn, you are planting well-established grass, which has an immediate cooling effect. The front lawns of eight average houses can produce the same amount of cooling as 70 tons of air conditioning. With the average central air unit in a home having an average of 3-4 tons of cooling capacity, that’s a big impact in cooling.

Healthier Air

A healthy, dense lawn provides necessary oxygen to the planet through its natural process of photosynthesis. This process also helps to eliminate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

A healthy lawn also helps to trap and filter an estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the US atmosphere each year. The roots and microbes surrounding them act as a natural filter to break down pollutants.

Flood Prevention

As we build infrastructure, we lose natural areas of drainage. Instead of removing water surround homes as quickly as possible, causing flooding, bank erosion, and sedimentation, a new trend is emerging where people are using the power of grassy spaces to filter it into clean groundwater. As we mentioned, healthy grass is much better as absorbing water than bare soil.

Your healthy lawn is part of this new, green infrastructure, which is very effective at preventing flooding and run-off.

Beyond the Environment 

A new sod lawn can be beneficial to the planet, but it is an immediate benefit to you and your family. A beautiful lawn is the perfect place to relax, enjoy company, and take in the beauty of Central Florida.