Want to protect the environment? Do This Now!

A certain president might disagree, but in a world with a growing number of environmental problems, global warming is still the number one priority.   Everything and its opposite is analyzed and evaluated according to its “green” qualities, even gardening! This innocuous outdoor activity brings us closer to nature! And that poor old sod has often been an easy target.

Want to protect the environment? So pamper your turf!

But he’s innocent. In fact, your turf is one of the most “green” elements of your garden. Thanks to me, the maintenance of your lawn will also be. You can also use lawn care software for Android also to make things work for you.

The grass, whatever its variety, covers immense areas of the globe. Developing in the most diverse conditions, she is truly an important ally of Mother Nature. When you grow it in your garden in the form of turf, it continues to do something very important: capturing carbon dioxide. The larger the size of the turf and the more carbon dioxide it will capture; Like any plant, the grass by absorbing it, will reject oxygen in the atmosphere for our greater good.

Want to protect the environment? So pamper your turf!

But, the prophets of woe and the cynics will say that there is a cost: the maintenance of a turf involves the use of lawn mowers, Brush Cutters, Scarifiers and Aerators, many of these devices require energy, the same one that we are Supposed to reduce, the same one that leads to more polluting the atmosphere… and what about all these toxic chemicals?

First of all, the more healthy a turf, the more carbon dioxide it can absorb and the more it can eliminate toxic pollutants from our air. Yes okay, a healthy lawn requires maintenance, but mowing is not just for the aesthetic aspect, in fact it prunes the grass and stimulates its growth. On the other hand, studies indicate that maintenance machines produce less CO2 than the grass can absorb; This leads to a net reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, making the turf a carbon sink that decreases your ecological footprint.

This theme of modern turf maintenance is to evaluate how ecological gardening is.  In fact, it has never been the polluting pastime that some have decried. For example, when the Royal Horticultural Society withdrew a list of 38 chemicals that were to be banned from our gardens, only three of them were concerned with lawn care. Today, lawns behave very well without them and now that modern techniques are better known (you can find out more in my book Modern lawn care), we reap the benefits.

For example, it has become much easier to find organic fertilizers for our lawns. But I bet some readers have not fed their turf for a long time! Well you should, not just to enjoy a healthier lawn, but because you would participate in maintaining a greener environment around your home.  You see, turf can also promote other ecological features…

Want to protect the environment? So pamper your turf!

A lawn cools the atmosphere during hot summers by lowering the temperature and refreshing the air of a sweltering day. A well-maintained lawn avoids the risk of flooding by allowing water to seep into the ground and draining excess water; It also avoids the effect of runoff on surfaces such as macadam and pavers. The turf also provides essential conditions for the development of many creatures that play a vital role in our agriculture and our ecological balance.

After mowing, if you leave the cutting waste on the lawn (or if you use them as mulch), you will contribute to a better environment. In fact, mowing residues have 70% water and therefore you will reduce the water requirements of your lawn during the summer months.

The key to this is simple: to maintain a lawn wisely using modern techniques. So you want to be green? Well make sure to have a happy and healthy lawn and the planet will thank you!

David Hedges – Gower

David Hedges-Gower is the best-known lawn expert in the UK with over 36 years of lawn and turf experience.

Professionals, landscape specialists, real estate developers and recreational gardeners – have benefited from David’s enthusiasm and knowledge.