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King 5 Seattle Features Great American Lawn Winner Bloedel Reserve | April 14, 2015

King 5 Seattle Features Great American Lawn Winner Bloedel Reserve

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King 5, NBC affiliate out of Seattle, featured a great segment on our Great American Lawns winner, Bloedel Reserve. Check it out!

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Final Four: Great American Lawns Edition | April 1, 2015

Final Four: Great American Lawns Edition

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As we head into the finale of one of the nation’s biggest sporting events, we thought it would be fun to see which of America’s lawns reigns supreme. By absolutely no scientific method, we chose these four gorgeous green landscapes as our Final Four of Great American Lawns. Which is your favorite? Let us know!Great American Lawns

White House Lawn: Republican, Democrat, Know-Nothing, or Whig… No matter what your politics, this is one lawn we’d like to roll around on!

Bloedel Reserve Lawn: Our “Cinderella” pick resides near Seattle, WA and gets bonus points for its beautiful rolling landscape.

The Lawn at University of Virginia: When your name is THE Lawn, you know you belong with the big boys.

Great Lawn at Central Park: Can you imagine a better place in the world to waste a sunny day, picnic, and people watch? We can’t!

UPDATE: Congrats to Bloedel Reserve, the inaugural winner of our Great American Lawns tournament. Cinderella came to play – scoring 380 total votes!

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Grass Seed USA Announces 2014 ‘Operation Home Turf’ Winners | January 26, 2015

Grass Seed USA Announces 2014 ‘Operation Home Turf’ Winners

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Three Veterans Win $500 Lawn Facelifts and Select Three Veteran Focused Non-Profits to Receive Donations

SALEM, Ore. – Jan. 26, 2015Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers, has named three U.S. veterans as winners of its third annual Operation Home Turf veteran appreciation program. Frank Cherry and William Phinizy, both of Miami, Fla., and Deron Santiny of Lafayette, La., were chosen by a public vote. Servicemen and women were nominated to receive home lawn makeovers through Grass Seed USA’s Facebook page, and each of the winners will receive a spring lawn revitalization valued at $500.

“As Operation Home Turf continues into its third year, we’re thrilled to have another opportunity to honor and pay respect to deserving veterans like Frank, William and Deron,” said Bryan Ostlund, Grass Seed USA executive director. “The men and women of the U.S. armed forces give up their time to serve our country, and the least we can do is provide a lush green lawn that they can be proud of and enjoy with their friends and family.”

Additionally, Grass Seed USA will donate $1 for every new like or follow the coalition received during the 2014 Operation Home Turf campaign to a veterans’ organization of each winner’s choosing.

Frank Cherry Miami, Fla. – Cherry enlisted in the military in 1980, beginning an impactful 27-year career with the Army.  During his time serving, Cherry was stationed at bases across the country and was deployed four times. He was a member of one of the first Army units called to Ground Zero after 9/11. Shortly after, he was tasked to help secure the Canadian and U.S. border, where he monitored and assessed individuals entering the U.S. from Canada. In 2003, Cherry was deployed to Afghanistan, where he served on the frontline of defense for 13 months. After retiring from service in 2005 as a sergeant E-7, Cherry continued working with other veterans by starting Frontline Disciples Street Ministries, a program designed to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) find relief through Christian-based support groups. Since starting Frontline Disciples Street Ministries, Cherry has mentored more than 200 veterans. Cherry was nominated for Operation Home Turf by his wife Tina, who wanted to show her gratitude for the hard work and commitment her husband continues to uphold.

William Phinizy – Miami, Fla. – Phinizy enlisted in the National Guard in 1990, where he completed his Military Occupational Specialties training at Fort Sam Houston located near San Antonio, Texas. Phinizy then spent the next eight years serving as a medic for the North Carolina National Guard. At 39, Phinizy enlisted for active duty in the Army, continuing to train and serve as a combat medic at bases across Louisiana and Kentucky. Phinizy was eventually deployed to Afghanistan and spent 13 months as a frontline medic. While in Afghanistan, he completed hundreds of missions and recorded each mission in hope that he would write a memoir about his experience one day. Phinizy is a decorated veteran and has received several medals and awards for his service, including the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Combat Medical Badge. After retiring from the Army in 2012 as a sergeant E-5, Phinizy returned home to work with other community volunteers to help restore dilapidated areas of his neighborhood.

Deron Santiny Lafayette, La. – Santiny joined the Navy right after high school in 1988, though he also served with the National Guard and the Army during his time in the military. After serving a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, he returned to the U.S. for the next five years of active duty in the Army. As a result of injuries sustained during his time of service, Santiny medically retired from the military in 2010 as a staff sergeant E-6. Santiny received several high honors throughout his extensive military career, including the Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Today, Santiny continues to work with veterans as the commander for the Lafayette chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and is an executive board member of the Veterans Action Association, where he works with lawmakers and military officials to help increase funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinics throughout southwestern Louisiana.

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Nominate A Veteran To Win A Lawn Makeover From Grass Seed USA | November 3, 2014

Nominate A Veteran To Win A Lawn Makeover From Grass Seed USA

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NOMINATE A VETERAN TO WIN A LAWN MAKEOVER FROM GRASS SEED USA

Grass Seed USA will also donate $1 to veterans’ affairs organizations for each new like on Facebook or follower on Twitter

SALEM, Ore. – Nov. 3, 2014 – The third annual Operation Home Turf is underway and looking for deserving men and women in uniform to receive a lawn makeover courtesy of Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers. The Operation Home Turf veteran appreciation program will award three U.S. veterans with a spring lawn revitalization valued at up to $500. During the campaign, Grass Seed USA will also donate $1 for each new like on its We Seed America Facebook page or new follower on Twitter (@weseedamerica), up to $1,000, to veterans’ affairs organizations.

“We are excited to launch the third annual Operation Home Turf campaign to thank service members, past and present, for their sacrifice and dedication to our country,” said Bryan Ostlund, Grass Seed USA executive director. “U.S. veterans go above and beyond for our nation and often spend long periods of time away from their families. The least we can do is provide them with a relaxing lawn to enjoy when they’re home.”

Nominate a Veteran:

  • Visit Grass Seed USA on Facebook at http://bit.ly/1oaLzIz and like the page.
  • In 200 words or less, describe your nominee and why he or she deserves a lawn makeover from Grass Seed USA. Nominations will be accepted from Nov. 3 through Nov. 30.
  • After finalists are announced on Dec. 8, vote daily for your favorite submission until Dec. 19.

The three veterans with the most votes will each receive a spring lawn makeover, which could involve reviving their existing lawn or seeding a new one. Winners will be announced by Jan. 5 on Grass Seed USA’s Facebook page.

Selected winners’ current or past service in the U.S. military will be subject to verification. Additionally, winners must own the property, or have written consent from the property owner to have work done, in order for lawn services to be provided.

About Grass Seed USA

Grass Seed USA is a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists with a wealth of experience in studying, growing and harvesting grass and grass seed. The coalition seeks to inform and educate residential and commercial customers about the benefits of grass and best practices for responsibly growing and maintaining healthy turf. For more information, visit www.weseedamerica.com or www.facebook.com/WeSeedAmerica, or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/WeSeedAmerica.

 

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Take Steps Now To Ensure A Lush Green Lawn Next Spring | September 8, 2014

Take Steps Now To Ensure A Lush Green Lawn Next Spring

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Take Steps Now To Ensure A Lush Green Lawn Next Spring

Grass Seed USA Provides Guidance on Preparing Lawns for Winter

SALEM, Ore. – Sept. 8, 2014 – As summer comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your lawn. In most of the country, thanks to cooler temperatures and increased precipitation, fall is the ideal season for seeding a new lawn or enhancing an existing one. Grass Seed USA, a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists, suggests several steps to take now for a lush green lawn next year.

“The more you do in the fall, the bigger the payoff in the spring and in years to come,” said Bryan Ostlund, Grass Seed USA executive director. “There are three main reasons to consider improving your lawn now. First, adding seed in the fall allows you to repair damage or thicken areas that have become sparse, so your lawn will be full and vibrant in the spring. Second, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the next year, planting a lawn or improving an existing one can boost curb appeal and increase your home’s value. Third, if you have warm-season grass that goes dormant when the temperatures drop, you can avoid winter browning by overseeding with cool-season grass, which will keep your lawn green year-round.”

The United States can be roughly divided into three grass-growing zones: Cool Zone, Transition Zone and Warm Zone (see graphic).

If you live in the Warm Zone, fall is a time to sit back and enjoy your lawn, as few winterization measures are needed and new warm-season lawns are best planted in the late spring or early summer. One option you may want to consider is overseeding – adding cool-season grass seed over your warm-season turf. The cool-season grass will thrive until the warm-season grass turns green again in the spring, giving you a lush lawn year-round.

Homeowners in the Cool Zone and Transition Zone should take similar steps to prepare their lawns for winter. In these areas, fall is a good time for the following activities:

  • Seeding a new lawn. Before you plant a new lawn, talk to your local garden shop or university extension agent to identify the type of grass that will best meet your needs, taking into consideration the location, level of use, sun exposure, drainage, and so on. For easy-to-follow tips on seeding a lawn, from ground preparation to caring for new grass, see www.weseedamerica.com/planting.
  • Adding seed to thicken an existing lawn. If your lawn is looking thin, or if you need to fill in some bare patches, now is the time to reseed. Talk to a turf specialist at a garden shop or university extension agent to find out what type of seed is best for your lawn conditions. Spread the seed over your existing lawn and then water lightly and regularly, making sure the reseeded areas stay moist until the new grass grows in. (Transition Zone homeowners with warm-season grasses also have the option of overseeding their lawns to keep them green through the winter.)
  • Dethatching. A certain amount of thatch – the tightly packed layer of organic matter between the grass blades and the soil surface – can benefit your lawn, but if the layer exceeds ½ inch, it can keep moisture and oxygen from reaching the soil and can harbor fungus and insect pests. If your lawn needs to be dethatched, you can rent a vertical mower or hire a professional to do the job for you.
  • Aerating. Older or heavily trafficked lawns can suffer from soil compaction. A core aerator with hollow tines will pull small plugs of soil out of the ground, allowing increased movement of water, nutrients and oxygen into the soil. You can rent an aerator or hire a professional to aerate your lawn for you.
  • Raising your mower blades. Let your grass grow a bit taller in the fall, usually between 1½ and 2½ inches. If you cut it too short, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring. If the grass is too long it can become matted, which leads to problems as well.
  • Winterizing your irrigation system. If you live in an area where the frost level extends below the depth of your irrigation pipes, be sure to shut off the water to the irrigation system and drain all the pipes before the first freeze.

 

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U.S. Academics Weigh In On Key Advantages Of Natural Lawns | August 20, 2014

U.S. Academics Weigh In On Key Advantages Of Natural Lawns

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U.S. Academics Weigh In On Key Advantages Of Natural Lawns

Survey of turf experts unearths little-known benefits, common misconceptions, developing trends

SALEM, Ore. – Aug. 20, 2014  Grass Seed USA, a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists, found consensus among academic experts about the benefits of a natural lawn. In an annual qualitative survey of the nation’s leading authorities on natural turf, Grass Seed USA identified four consistent themes including how lawns enhance communities, its environmental benefits, common misconceptions on water and fertilizer usage, and the dawn of drought-tolerant grass.

Enhanced Sense of Community

First, experts like Thom Nikolai of Michigan State University agree that, “maintained lawns provide a sense of community, belonging and pride, and therefore, enhance self-respect.” He cites a study performed in Flint, Mich., in which residents were found to interact more with their neighbors and felt safer when the lawns of abandoned homes and lots in the neighborhood were mowed weekly.

Environmental Benefits Abound

Turf experts are in agreement that a natural lawn is good for the environment: it’s one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to control erosion, and it aids in fighting pollution. “Dense, well-established turf will prevent wind erosion of soil as well as solid erosion when it does rain,” says Brad Parker of Rutgers University. The extensive root system of a thick lawn effectively absorbs rainfall and virtually eliminates any runoff.

John Stier at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has found that consumers assume that lawns contribute to pollution. “In fact,” he says, “multiple studies show that lawns can actually reduce urban runoff and soil and water pollution, as well as help to capture compounds that would otherwise contribute to global warming.” A lawn of just 50 square feet effectively captures carbon dioxide and releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four.

Ease Back on Care

As Clint Mattox of Oregon State University notes, “lawns are often unjustly thought to need a great deal of water and pesticides just to survive.” Most survey participants indicated that consumers tend to use more water, fertilizer and other treatments than are required. Overwatering is one of the biggest downfalls, and lawns need a thorough watering just once or twice a week. Depending on their variety and the climate, lawns may need fertilization only once a year, but it’s important to confirm a schedule with a turf expert at a local garden store.

The Future of Grass

Finally, as new varieties of grass are developed, drought-tolerant varieties are among the most highly anticipated in the industry. Mattox explains that, “The breeding of new varieties of salt-tolerant and drought-tolerant grasses will allow consumer lawn owners to benefit from the advantages of a home lawn while actively participating in fresh-water conservation.”

About Grass Seed USA

Grass Seed USA is a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists with a wealth of experience in studying, growing and harvesting grass and grass seed. The coalition seeks to inform and educate residential and commercial customers about the benefits of grass and best practices for responsibly growing and maintaining healthy turf. For more information, visit www.weseedamerica.com, or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

 

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TOP 5 Ways Natural Lawns Improve A Community | July 29, 2014

TOP 5 Ways Natural Lawns Improve A Community

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TOP 5 Ways Natural Lawns Improve A Community

Grass offers social, environmental and economic benefits

SALEM, Ore. – July 29, 2014 – When most people think about the benefits of natural turf lawns, they think about their value as an attractive setting for outdoor recreation and entertainment for individual homeowners or families. While the value to homeowners is significant, lawns also offer social, environmental and economic benefits to the entire community.

The turfgrass experts at Grass Seed USA have identified the top five ways in which natural grass lawns improve a community:

  1. Lawns bring communities together. Homeowners with lawns spend more time in their yards and interact more with their neighbors. From soccer games for the kids on the block to barbecues for the adults, a lush green lawn provides the perfect location for casual community gatherings.
  1. Well-maintained grass reduces crime and discourages littering. In 2009, teams from the Michigan State University turfgrass science program began planting and maintaining grass around abandoned homes and in vacant lots and parks in Flint, Michigan. After three years of the program, residents were asked, among other things, whether they felt safer in the neighborhood (47% strongly agreed, 21% agreed, 16% neutral, 5% disagreed, 11% strongly disagreed), whether they trusted their neighbors more (39% strongly agreed, 22% agreed, 33% neutral, 6% disagreed) and whether there was less trash in the neighborhood (63% strongly agreed, 37% agreed).
  1. Turfgrass increases fire safety. For communities adjacent to woodland or brush areas, green grass cover can serve as a firebreak. Studies have shown that due to its low fuel value, turfgrass retards the spread of wildfires. Lawns can also serve as defensible spaces from which firefighters can work to protect homes.
  1. Grass provides natural runoff, flood and erosion control. Turfgrass effectively absorbs rainfall, decreasing storm flow and flooding. As well as protecting homes from flooding, the excellent water retention contributes to groundwater recharge, keeps pollutants from reaching waterways and reduces the need for man-made water-control structures in urban areas. Grass cover is also an extremely efficient method of stabilizing soil and preventing erosion caused by wind and water.
  1. Lawns raise neighborhood home values. A well-maintained lawn can increase a home’s value by up to 15 percent – providing a boost to the entire neighborhood. Potential buyers find lawns appealing because they are aesthetically pleasing, enjoyable to use and environmentally friendly. According to a Gallup survey, attractive landscaping can provide a 100–200 percent return on investment – much higher than the return provided by many other home improvement projects.

A lush green lawn has long been part of the American dream, and although the accompanying white picket fence may have slid down the priority list, homeowners still appreciate the value of natural grass. That value extends beyond the property boundary, bringing positive impacts to the larger community.

About Grass Seed USA

Grass Seed USA is a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists with a wealth of experience in studying, growing and harvesting grass and grass seed. The coalition seeks to inform and educate residential and commercial customers about the benefits of grass and best practices for responsibly growing and maintaining healthy turf. For more information, visit www.weseedamerica.com, or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

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Getting Kids Outdoors and Involved in Yard Maintenance | June 17, 2014

Getting Kids Outdoors and Involved in Yard Maintenance

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Garden chores offer opportunities for teaching, bonding and fun

SALEM, Ore. – June 17, 2014 – Summer is here, and for many families that means time for outdoor recreation, entertainment and relaxation. Whether it’s a lush green lawn or a backyard full of flowers, outdoor living spaces provide an ideal setting for family fun or get-togethers with friends. But these outdoor areas do require maintenance to keep them functional and looking their best.

This summer, make the yard work more enjoyable and rewarding by getting the kids involved. Anything is more fun if you do it together, and even young children can start making the connection between the beautiful space they play in and the effort required to keep it looking nice year-round.

The experts at Grass Seed USA suggest that children can help with a wide range of tasks:

  • Planting. Most children love to play in the dirt and will be happy to help with planting. With child-size shovels, even preschoolers can dig holes. Older children can be given a corner of a garden or flower bed to tend, to create a sense of ownership and responsibility.
  • Watering. Small children can help water plants using a child-size watering can, while older kids can move the sprinklers on the lawn. Be sure to teach smart watering habits, such as watering in the morning or evening to reduce loss to evaporation, and watering deeply but less frequently to promote root development.
  • Weeding. Children who are old enough to tell the difference between wanted and unwanted plants can help with weeding. Turn this chore into a game by competing to see who can get the biggest pile of weeds, or who can finish the designated plot first.
  • Raking. Children can help remove leaves from flower beds and clear debris (and toys!) from the lawn before mowing.
  • Mowing and trimming. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be at least 12 years old before operating a push mower and 16 years old before operating a riding mower. Kids, like adults, should always wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and protective eyewear while mowing. Other power tools, such as edgers, hedge trimmers and weed whackers, may require an even higher level of maturity and coordination, and should be used only under adult supervision.

If you’re afraid that your children will resist the idea of helping out in the yard, or quickly lose interest, follow these tips for keeping kids motivated:

  • Keep tasks manageable to prevent discouragement. Don’t expect a child to weed a large flower bed all alone, for example. Either tackle the project as a family or divide the job into small pieces if you’re working on something else nearby.
  • Break up the chores with other fun activities, such as running through the sprinklers if it’s a hot day or having a little picnic at snack time.
  • Make the most of teaching opportunities. As you work with plants in your garden and watch them grow, explain about photosynthesis, the roles of leaves and roots, plant life cycles, and so on.
  • Enjoy your lawn! Whether it’s a game of soccer or catch, a watermelon-seed spitting contest, or an overnight campout in the backyard, reward your children’s hard work by having fun together after the chores are finished.

Getting your children involved in yard chores will make the work go faster, teach responsibility and give everyone some quality outdoor family time.

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Natural Lawns Enhance Home Values; High Return on Investment | May 28, 2014

Natural Lawns Enhance Home Values; High Return on Investment

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SALEM, Ore. – May 28, 2014 – As the home buying and selling season kicks into high gear, many homeowners are considering various home improvement projects and wondering which upgrades will provide the greatest return on investment when it comes time to sell.

According to a Gallup poll, 62 percent of U.S. homeowners see lawns and landscaping as a good investment. Attractive landscaping can provide a 100–200 percent return on investment – much higher than the return provided by many other home improvement projects. For example, a homeowner can generally expect to recover just 40–70 percent of the cost of building a deck or patio. A well-maintained lawn is recognized by potential buyers as such a desirable feature that it can increase a home’s value by as much as 15 percent.

“Lawns are appealing to buyers not only because they are aesthetically pleasing but because they extend the living area of a home, provide an ideal setting for outdoor recreation, entertainment and relaxation,” said Bryan Ostlund, executive director of Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers. “Through the use of sod, grass can also be a quick to establish, natural and self-repairing landscape option perfect for increasing curb appeal when selling a home, or establishing a lawn at a new residence.”

For homeowners who want to ensure that their lawns deliver full aesthetic, recreational and economic value, Grass Seed USA experts offer the following tips for growing a healthy, attractive lawn.

Watering

  • Avoid overwatering. Water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than providing frequent light mistings, which prevent the grass from developing a strong root system.
  • Water during the cooler hours of the day to minimize water loss to evaporation.

Mowing

  • Mow in the early morning or evening, and only when the grass is dry, to reduce stress on the turf and keep your mower blades sharp to prevent tearing.
  • Cut off no more than one-third of the grass blade height at a time.

Fertilization

  • Don’t bag your grass clippings. Clippings left on the lawn will break down and provide nutrients to the soil, reducing fertilizer requirements.
  • Fertilize at least once a year. The type and timing will be determined by the grass variety and the climate, so talk to a turf expert at your local garden center for advice.

Weed control

  • The best defense against weeds is a thick lawn. Lawn grasses will easily outcompete weeds when the conditions favor the grass.
  • Talk to a turf expert. Weeds are often an indication of a soil problem (nutrient deficiencies or excesses, soil compaction, poor drainage, etc.) that is making the ground more hospitable to weeds than to your grass.
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10 Reasons to Love Your Lawn | May 7, 2014

10 Reasons to Love Your Lawn

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As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.
Perhaps surprisingly, installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of the best home improvement investments a homeowner can make. If you’re weighing your options and wondering whether a lawn is worth the effort, consider the following 10 benefits.

1. Outdoor recreation: An inviting, low-maintenance outdoor space can provide a significant boost to your quality of life. From picnics and games to lounging in the shade with a drink and a good book, a lawn offers the perfect setting for outdoor entertainment and relaxation.

2. Increased home value: Grass makes a home more appealing. A well-maintained lawn is recognized as such a desirable feature to potential homebuyers that it can boost a home’s value by as much as 15 percent, according to a Gallup survey.

3. Excellent return on investment: When it comes time to sell your home, good landscaping can give you a much higher return on your investment than many other home improvement projects. According to a Gallup survey, you can generally expect to recover 40 to 70 percent of the cost of building a deck or patio, while landscaping can offer a 100 to 200 percent return.

4. Stress relief: Grass areas are naturally calming and stress relieving, and the visual appeal contributes to improved mental health and better quality of life. The healing power of nature can work its magic even in your own backyard.

5. Urban benefits: In cities, grass absorbs noise and provides a beneficial link with nature. Studies have shown that well-maintained lawns also promote greater community pride and deter littering and vandalism.

6. Cooling: On hot days, grass is much cooler than cement, asphalt and dirt, which trap heat. And grass doesn’t just stay cool to the touch – it cools the atmosphere as well. Each blade acts as an evaporative cooler, and by transpiring water to cool itself, grass also cools the environment, reducing the energy requirements for air-conditioning in buildings surrounded by lawns. According to the academic professionals with Grass Seed USA, the front lawns of eight average-size homes have the same cooling effect as the air-conditioning systems of about 20 homes.

7. Conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen: Trees may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. According to the academic professionals with Grass Seed USA, a lawn of just 50 square feet releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four.*

8. Natural weed control: If you want a relatively low-maintenance landscaping option for an area of bare ground, try grass. A healthy lawn discourages the growth of weeds, and grass will easily outcompete other plants when you create the conditions that favor it.

9. Erosion prevention: Grass is one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to prevent erosion caused by wind and water. A thick lawn absorbs rainfall, virtually eliminating any runoff, and the extensive root systems of the individual grass plants bind the soil more effectively than many other ground covers.

10. Self-repair: A lawn is naturally self-repairing. If you choose the right grass for your climate conditions and lawn use patterns, it will be highly resilient and regenerate quickly in response to stresses such as drought, frost or foot traffic.

‘There are many reasons to love your lawn,’ says Bryan Ostlund, executive director of Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers and turf specialists. ‘Whether you want a safe place for the kids to play or a welcoming outdoor space for a barbecue, grass fits the bill. It’s a remarkably easy and budget-friendly way to add aesthetic, recreational and economic value to your home.’ 

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