Benefits of a Healthy Lawn

Take care of your lawn, and your lawn will take care of you.

| March 26, 2012

Homeowners all over the country take great pride in their lawns, but a lush, green lawn can do more than boost egos. A healthy lawn can reduce allergens and dust, increase the value of a home, and reduce erosion and runoff.

Reducing allergies

Of all Americans who are allergic to pollen-producing plants, 75 percent are allergic to ragweed. While a single ragweed plant may only live for one season, it produces up to one billion pollen grains during that time. A well-maintained lawn can help limit the amount of ragweed in the air, as it is typically free of many pollen-producing plants as well as other weed problems, such as poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. More than half of the U.S. population is allergic to these noxious weeds.

Boosting your real estate value 

Nothing beats a first impression. When prospective buyers are searching for a new home, well-landscaped lawns and nearby parks are important factors. A study conducted by Virginia Tech University estimated that attractive landscaping can increase the value of a home anywhere from 5 to 11 percent, depending on location. It was also reported that landscape investments are recovered fully, and sometimes doubled by the increased home values.

“Potential buyers can be immediately swayed by an unsightly yard, leaving them to wonder if the lack of care and attention to the lawn has been carried to the inside of the house,” says Gray Mattern, a realtor in St. Petersburg, Florida. “If the buyer doesn’t get past the negative first impression, he or she may decide to bypass the home completely without looking at the interior. In this buyer’s market, it’s important to appeal to a wide range of prospective buyers.”

Reducing dust and soil erosion

Healthy grass holds soil in place and prevents runoff from being washed into lakes, rivers and streams. The University of Minnesota released results of a research study showing a lawn that is not fertilized actually has more runoff than a lawn that is properly fertilized, due to the increased health of the grass.

“Proper lawn care practices will be rewarded by an aesthetically pleasing property and will result in a variety of environmental benefits,” says Dr. Cathie Lavis, horticulture professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. “A key factor to success is selecting the right grass variety for both your region and particular site conditions.”

3/28/2012 11:54:18 AM

A little disappointed in this article. Was it written by a lawn care company? I have never watered my lawn nor applied any fertilizer or pesticides. I challenge anyone to show me a better lawn than mine. I do let it go into domancy in late summer on its own and do not waste any natural resources keeping it growing lush when it is natural for it to do so. I also do not spray 2,4-D to kill the clover. A lawn with 30% clover needs no fertility and has healthier soil beneath it. Lawns are the biggest waste of time and money I can think of. I plowed up half mine last year to plant to more garden.

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