Mudslides and flooding and drought … oh my!

Why sod is nature’s best weather buffer

Healthy sod may just be the solution to many of today’s headline-making environmental issues. Turf does more than beautify your yard. From flooding to drought, air pollution to water pollution, sod works hard to guard against any number of problems.

  • Floods: When the water rises, it tends to bring everything along with it including
    Water flows into the hatch on a spring sunny day

    Hard surfaces don’t allow the rain water to be absorbed back into the soil and the aquifer. Polluted run off ends up in storm drains instead of being filtered and returned deep into the earth.

    dirt, rocks, limbs and other debris. Not having a lawn could easily trigger your very own mudslide. And that mud has a sneaky way of seeping under doors and into the house. Keep your yard intact by sodding it. This will allow the rain to seep into the soil and restore the aquifer, and not run off into sewer drains. After the water subsides, you may need to give the soil time to dry out afterwards, and you may even need to give it a fertilizer boost, but most sodded yards will withstand becoming temporary outdoor lakes.

  • Droughts: Even when there’s little rain, there’s no more need to rip out grass than
    Tree in golf course

    In a single day, a large tree can lift 100 gallons of water out of the ground, yet its benefit outweigh its usage. The same can be said for the many benefits of a healthy, well rooted lawn, which supplies oxygen, filters pollutants and reduces heat.

    to rip out trees. (Large trees use up to 100 gallons a day, but we would never rip them out of a yard!) You still need turf to produce oxygen and decrease the heat around your home. Eliminating turf increases your risks of erosion and mudslide damage when rain returns. There are a number of simple ways to maintain a lawn during droughts.  A number of new grass varieties require just an inch of water per week to remain healthy, even if they do lose some their color. (Bottom line? Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!)

  • Erosion: Wind and water can cause erosion which, left unchecked, will not only damage your home’s curb appeal. Erosion can also jeopardize your home’s foundation and contribute to water pollution. Healthy turf will help to hold soil in place, minimizing unwanted runoff into the storm and sewer systems.
  • grass and soil

    Lawns provide an extensive rooting system that helps filer, absorb and break down pollutants – keeping them from entering our storm and drainage systems.

    Pollution: Turf is nature’s filter. The roots and grass blades filter water and break down pollutants. That means fewer of those pollutants will get into our water supply. Healthy sod also helps clean the air by creating more oxygen and absorbing toxic airborne molecules. And turf even helps us to minimize our electricity usage. The average home landscape provides the cooling-effect equivalent to 10 tons of air conditioning, compared to the 3- to 4-ton capacity of the average air-conditioning unit.

Start protecting your yard and home by purchasing quality turf from a trusted provider. Choose grass varieties that are developed and selected for specific regions of each state, using the latest turf technology, matching the best type of grass to the soil conditions and average sun and rainfall amounts of the local environment. That removes all the guesswork out of choosing the right turf.

Droughts and sudden flooding in California and Texas may have you wondering the best way to enhance your outdoor space. Replacing green grass with rocks and sparse plantings might be a short term solution, but increased heat, runoff and pollution are the long term effects. By installing and responsibly maintaining healthy turf, you’re benefiting yourself, the environment and your family by providing a natural space where you can enjoy healthy activities.