Front lawns of just 8 average houses have the same cooling effect as about 70 tons of air conditioning, while the average home-size central air unit has only a 3 - 4 ton capacity.
While strict conservationists berate the lowly lawn as an expensive consumer of natural resources, it is actually a natural provider for our ecosystem. Healthy, dense lawns absorb rainfall 6 times more effectively than a wheat field, four times better than a hay field, and prevents runoff and erosion of our precious top soil, keeping additional phosphorus from entering our streams and rivers. A healthy lawn also traps much of the estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the US atmosphere annually.
Lawns purify water entering into underground aquifers. The lawns root mass and supporting soil microbes act as massive filters that capture and breakdown many types of pollutants common to our urban environment.
A healthy, vibrant lawn also increases the real estate market value of a home and its salability. A Gallup Survey reported 62% of all US homeowners felt investment in lawns and landscaping were as good or better than other home improvements. The investment recovery rate is actually 100 - 200% for landscape improvement, compared to a deck or patio that will recover only 40 - 70% of the installation cost. Proper and well maintained landscaping adds 15% to a home's value according to buyers.
Faster recovery rates among hospitalized patients has been observed when the patient's room viewed a landscaped area compared to patients with non-landscaped views.
Healthy lawns not only helps beautify the neighborhood, but they provide a relaxing place you and your family to come in contact with nature on a daily basis