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Benefits of a Beautiful Lawn
September 16th by Anthony D'Atri

Proper landscape design and the benefits of a beautiful, lush green, well kempt lawn are bountiful. Aside from the obvious, how a lawn tends to welcome you home and make you feel proud to be the owner of such a well kept property is a reason in itself. A single blade of grass sure doesn't seem very impressive, but together with the millions of other blades in the lawn, they form an incredibly diverse and active ecosystem that benefits homeowners and everyone else on the planet. I want to outline a few of the obvious and a few of the less obvious reasons to keep good care of your lawn in this short but sweet article.

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1. Easier to Sell your House

My sister has been a real estate agent for a couple of years with Exit Realty and even she will vouch for real estate agents in saying that a "well maintained lawn just sells faster". A beautiful landscape design and healthy lawn tends to send a signal to the buyer(s) that the rest of the home is likely well kept and is worth a premium price. In fact, it can add 5 to 15 percent to the home's value.

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2. Sets an Example

Less easy to evaluate are the ways that lawns can contribute to your sense of well being. Most people say that the best place to relax is in their own backyard. But the benefits of a green space and beautiful landscape design go much further than just relaxation and recreation. Take for example when the city installs landscaping to brighten up areas in the urban parts of the city. People then start to take pride in their surroundings and tend to raise the bar of their own property maintenance. I don't know about you, but when I see customers with a well kept lawn, it only makes me want to do that much of a better job to make it look that much better. It has even shown that a hospital patient who can see a landscape from bed heals faster after an operation than one who can't. Interesting, that will definitely make me buy some flowers, or get a window seat for a loved one next time they are in the hospital.

3. Quality of Life Benefits

Healthy, well-maintained lawns provide truly marvelous environmental benefits, which can be seen in the ways a green, growing lawn contributes to the world around it.

Grass is a heat and noise reducer, so when the heat is on in the summer, grass keeps you cool. the streets and the sidewalks can reach up to 100 degrees fahrenheit, all the while the grass is chilling at a cool 75 degrees. An interesting fact I've come across is that the front lawns of about 8 houses on a block could perform the same cooling work as 70 tons of air-conditioning; enough to cool 23 homes! On top of that grass acts as a noise reducer as it effectively absorbs and deflects sound. When combining a beautiful lush lawn with trees, shrubs and other landscaping a lawn can significantly reduce hard unwanted noise.

Grass is an oxygen producer Grass plants (because they technically are plants) remove co2 from the air and produce o2 in return. Just 625 square feet of grass supplies all the oxygen a person needs for one day (amazing!). A 5000 square foot lawn produces enough oxygen for 8 people each day. In comparison, it takes two 100-foot trees to provide the same amount of oxygen for 8 people.

Grass saves soil by keeping the soil together, trapping runoff water, and eliminating many of the problems caused by dust and mud. As much as you wouldn't believe it, grass is one of the most effective water savers you'll find in nature. a lawn absorbs and saves rainfall 6 times better than a garden of the same size (once again, Awesome!).

Grass is a polution fighter! In one year the blades and roots of grass in an acre of healthy grass absorbs hundreds of pounds of pollutants from the air and rainfall. Among them are sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrogen, fluoride, nitrates and other gases blamed for acid rain and the greenhouse effect.

Grass is Natures Carpet. The last but not least benefit of grass to the world is the recreational value of grass. From soccer to football to any other sport played on grass, grass is a must. It acts as a carpet to reduce injuries that might have happened on pavement or wood. Dense turf is a safer playground and playing field than nearly any other surface.

I hope you enjoyed the article and have learned something. I'm always here to help with any questions or comments, please send me an e-mail or contact form.

Thank You.

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