Why Choose Naturally Green Grass?
How Turfgrass affects the Environment
While industry and technology have provided jobs and goods to make life easier, the effect on the environment has been substantial.
But we can help restore this precious earth with something as simple as turfgrass -- the earth's living skin.
The U.S. Congress has acknowledged these positive benefits to our environment.
"Turfgrass sod in urban areas and communities can aid in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the heat island effect, reducing energy consumption and contributing to efforts to reduce global warming trends."
Scientific research has documented the many benefits of turfgrass to our environment. Our turfgrass lawns, parks and open areas:
Provide a natural, comfortable, and safe setting for fun and games.
Release oxygen and cool the air.
Control pollution and reduce soil erosion.
Purify and replenish our water supply.
The satisfaction of creating beauty within the landscape can be rewarding for you and the environment. With turfgrass sod, the rewards are practically immediate.
Today's improved turfgrass varieties are very effective in reducing pollution.
Turfgrass traps and removes dust and dirt from the air.
2,500 square feet of lawn absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and release enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.
Nature's Air Conditioner
Another benefit that everyone enjoys, usually without notice, is turfgrass' tremendous cooling effect.
On a hot summer day, lawns will be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil.
The front lawns of eight houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning. That's amazing when the average home has an air conditioner with just a three or four ton capacity.
The cooling effect of irrigated turf reduces the amount of fuel that must be burned to provide the electricity which powers the air conditioners.
Watered when the grass plant needs it, turfgrass will very efficiently and effectively use almost every drop.
A Natural Filter
Runoff water in urban areas carries many pollutants.
The clean gentle strength of turfgrass is the most cost-effective method for controlling wind and water erosion.
A healthy sodded lawn absorbs rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field.
A sodded lawn will absorb greater amounts of rain than a seeded lawn; even after three years of growth.
Fun & Games
The soft resilient surface of turfgrass is the safest and least expensive place to play.
For backyard ball games or the Super Bowl, athletes of all sizes prefer the green cushion of turfgrass.
Turfgrass is the only place for putting, picnics or just plain relaxing.
Our Mental Health
Turfgrass quietly adds to the beauty of our lives and even our mental and physical health.
. . . a continuing source of oxygen and cool air.
. . . a cleansing answer to our environment.
. . . a source of beauty and comfort.
With the benefits of turfgrass working their wonders for us, we will be able to share a beautiful and healthy planet with our future generations.
Natural Grass and Artificial Turf: Separating Myths and Facts booklet will help decision-makers and the general public make informed decisions regarding the installation of natural grass or artificial turf in their communities.
This 32-page booklet is based upon information from some of the industry’s most highly respected research scientists, sports field managers, contractors and other professionals. Natural Grass and Artificial Turf: Separating Myths and Facts provides answers to questions that decision-makers, by their responsible position in society, must address. Their decisions will have significant short and long-term health and safety, fiscal and environmental impacts on their communities.
PDF Version Booklet: Natural Grass and Artificial Turf: Separating Myths and Facts"
What the Synthetic Turf Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
Artificial turf is being widely promoted with a large number of unsubstantiated claims by their manufacturers. Significant questions about the validity of these claims have arisen that deserve answers. Of greater concern are the questions that typically will not arise during the normal artificial turf sales presentation, in particular issues related to the health and safety of our children and the serious threats to our environment.
"The Role of Turfgrasses in Environmental Protection and Their Benefits to Humans,"
by James L. Beard, Ph.D.
Turfgrasses have been utilized by humans to enhance their environment for more than 10 centuries. The complexity and comprehensiveness of these environmental benefits that improve our quality-of-life are just now being quantitatively documented through research. Turfgrass benefits may be divided into (i) functional, (ii) recreational, and (iii) aesthetic components.
"Serious Questions About New-Generation Artificial Turf That Require Answers"
In order to make fiscally and environmentally sound decisions regarding the potential purchase and installation of artificial turf in their communities, decision makers must consider all short- and long-term issues and concerns.
"Synthetic Surface Heat Studies,"
by F. Williams, Ph.D.
In the spring of 2002 a Field Turf synthetic surface was installed on one-half of Brigham Young University’s Football Practice Field; the other half is a sand-based natural grass field. The coaches noticed the surface of the synthetic turf was very hot—one of the coaches got blisters on the bottom of his feet through his tennis shoes. An investigation was launched to determine the range of the temperatures, the effect water for cooling of the surfaces, and how the temperatures compared to other surfaces.
"Recorded Temperature Comparisons of Synthetic vs. Natural Surfaces,"
by F. Williams, Ph.D.
This Excel chart, excerpted from Dr. William’s "Synthetic Surface Heat Studies," provides a quick summary of side-by-side surface temperature comparisons of artificial turf, natural grass, soil, concrete and asphalt.
2008 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey
This survey was conducted by the NFLPA at team meetings during September through November 2008. A total of 1565 active NFL Players from all 32 teams voluntarily filled out survey forms.
"Synthetic Turf Costs Far Exceed Natural Grass"
Source: Brad Fresenburg, Ph.D.
Brad Fresenburg, an MU Extension turfgrass specialist, completed a cost analysis of installing and maintaining natural and synthetic fields. Results: Synthetic turfgrass costs more, a lot more, than natural grass to install and maintain.
Stop Erosion From Ruining Your Property
The Problem: Seeing your yard wash away, bit by bit, with every downpour.
On a small scale--erosion is unsightly, unsafe and will reduce the value of your property, significantly.
On a large scale--erosion causes serious environmental problems that could result in downstream neighbors or government officials bringing a law suit or other action against property owners who do nothing to stop erosion.
If not corrected--erosion can expand to a major wash-out, with costs of repair increasing proportionally.
Fortunately--there is an efficient, cost-effective and proven way to stop erosion.
The Solution: Turfgrass Sod Stops Erosion Immediately
Scientists have documented turfgrass sod as the most highly effective erosion control material available.
Turfgrass sod, because of its high density of grass blades, thick root mass and total weight, stops erosion immediately, even on severe slopes where it may have to be pegged temporarily to keep it in place.