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Are Lawns Environmentally Sound?

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Should you feel guilty spending resources such as water on it? Do the fertilizers and pesticides you apply damage the environment? .

Are Lawns harmful to the Environment?

An important issue facing us today is how we treat the environment in which we live. Today’s actions are our legacy for the generations that follow. Indeed every one is involved in some way in the great debate over the future of our planet. Great debates are often conducted emotionally, and unfortunately emotions all too often crowd out logic, understanding, and clear thinking. In an issue as important as the protection of our environment, we all must become better informed and educated.

One point of contention is frequently raised about lawns and their impact on the enviorment. Are lawns harmful?

The truth is, a well-tended lawn not only looks good, it’s good for the environment. It absorbs water so efficiently that it counter-balances all the rain washing off your roof and running down your driveway and sidewalk and into storm sewers. Lawns prevent soil erosion, moderate temperature, reduce glare and noise, serve as firebreaks in wildfire-prone regions, and offer many other benefits. The thicker the lawn, the better able it is to do its job. A thick lawn is a healthy lawn. By following the proper treatment protocols which includes using fertilizer, water, and pesticides judiciously your lawn will be healthy.

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