Environment

Benefits of Lawns & their role in water conservation

Next time you are watching the grass grow, think about the unmatched contribution made by lawns and recreational turf to our society. Lawns can also play an important role in water conservation, as long as the public are informed properly.

Environment 1Functional

  • soil erosion
  • fire prevention
  • Dust prevention
  • visibility
  • heat reduction
  • air pollution control
  • glare and noise reduction
  • rain water entrapment

Recreational

  • Environment 2low cost services
  • safety cushion
  • physical health
  • spectator entertainment
  • mental health

Aesthetic

  • beauty
  • mental health
  • quality of life
  • community pride
  • compliments trees and shrubs in landscape

Perceived Disadvantages of Lawns

Environment 3Water Use

The public are under the presumption that lawns need a lot of water to survive. They don’t. Most lawns substantially recover in Autumn, even after dry summers. With the right preparation, grass varieties can be the most economical water users in the gardens.

Chemicals

In the past some bad chemicals were used. Now turf professionals use safer products, and with care. Most homeowners use very little, if any, toxic products on lawns.

Summary

Lawns play a very important role in recreational activities.Lawns have the added benefit that in drought cycles,with little or no water ,they generally survive,If not they are very cheap to replace.

Lawns are singled out as being of high water use. If excessive water is being used on lawns then it may be because we are not educated properly about actually how much water is needed to make a lawn survive.