The benefits of turf
There has recently been an increase in the number of householders replacing their lawns with artificial grass. For some people artificial grass does have its advantages, but traditional turf boasts so many more benefits, not only for you, but also for the environment and the world that we live in. Find out the benefits of turf with advice from Essex Turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Turf provides a constant supply of oxygen
Did you know that there are over 10 million grass plants contained in the average lawn? Grass gives us a supply of oxygen by absorbing CO2 from the air, and turning it into oxygen and carbohydrate via the process of photosynthesis. The turf in an average family garden will supply enough oxygen for a family of four every day. Impressive eh? In fact, grass is the third biggest supplier of oxygen, after trees and algae that our planet has. Are you still thinking about laying artificial grass?
Turf helps to prevent flooding
There has been a sharp increase in flooding around towns over the last few years, with more and more homeowners paving their driveways and front gardens to ease parking congestion. Unfortunately, this has had a detrimental effect on how quickly rainwater can subside. Turf absorbs rainfall and prevents flooding, particularly when heavy rain occurs; the turf soaks up the water like a sponge, and then passes the water through the soil below, thus preventing localised flooding.
Turf gives a home to insects
Each square metre of turf holds thousands of living organisms including earthworms, beetles and insects, as well as microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. Earthworms do a fantastic job of keeping the soil in and below the turf aerated. This prevents waterlogging and provides the soil with a source of oxygen. It also helps to prevent compaction in the soil.
Microorganisms, such as bacteria, turn atmospheric nitrogen into a form that the grass plants can use. In fact, this is how grass gets most of its nitrogen, a nutrient that’s vital for healthy growth. Microorganisms also break down proteins and carbohydrates from dead leaves and roots into nutrients.
Have you ever noticed that it’s always hotter in the middle of town than in the countryside? This is because most towns are full of buildings and concrete, (hence the term ‘concrete jungle’) and the countryside is mostly covered in grass. The surface temperature of turf can be up to 10-14 0C cooler than on concrete or tarmac. Much better for keeping cool in the heat of the summer!