How Turfgrass Helps Reduce the Effects of Climate Change

As seasonal temperatures worldwide continue to increase due to concentrations of CO2 in our atmosphere that trap solar heat, you might be amazed at how well your own backyard contributes to the health of our environment.

Climate change has resulted in certain plants being able to adapt in areas of our country where they could not do so many years ago. Also, some insects and diseases are now being found in regions where they did not thrive before.

Worried about your carbon footprint? The good news is that your lawn plays a significant role in the efforts to reduce the effects of global warming. Through the process of photosynthesis, grass takes carbon dioxide out of the air and stores the carbon in the soil. Recent university research has shown that a healthy lawn can remove and store twice the amount of carbon from the air in one year than a tree can in 10 years.

There are over 80 million home lawns in the US covering nearly 50 million acres of turfgrass. That’s a whopping 20 million tons of carbon being removed from our atmosphere in the US each year.

Producing and maintaining a healthy, awesome-looking lawn is not only good for bragging rights among your neighbors but also benefits efforts to reduce our carbon footprint in neighborhoods across the nation.

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