My Wonderful Lawn

I am prompted to write this because of some comments by Home Hardware in my inbox:

  • “A well tended lawn improves curb appeal and can increase the value of a property by 15 to 20 percent.”
  • “Turf serves as a natural air conditioner. On a hot day, compare the difference between standing on pavement and standing on turf. I rest my case.”
  • “Turf traps dust, smoke particles and air born toxins from the air, acting as a filter for the air we breathe.”
  • “Grass plants capture and use greenhouse gases, thereby counteracting climate change. Turf also traps air pollution and generates much of the oxygen we breathe. A 50′ x 50′ lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for one year.”
  • “Grass offers a very efficient and inexpensive control function. Turf intercepts raindrops and filters them through the soil. Turf promotes water “percolation” rather than runoff. Without turf’s water-retention capabilities, urban streams and drainage infrastructure would be overwhelmed.”

… and so on. My lawn is giving back to a bunch of families the oxygen they need to live being nearly an acre in size (50K square feet). Two years ago my lawn was mud and weeds and out of control. This spring it was one year old (planted from seed) and greatly improved. We had a serious drought and I didn’t water it nearly enough but it survived. I am watering it frequently and it is rapidly taking over the last remaining bare spots. Next year it should be nearly perfect and with our new deck should bring us closer to suburban paradise. From a distance, it’s already beautiful, being a lush green while many of the neighbours have dormant lawns. Thanks, perennial ryegrass.

I have left all the clippings on the lawn so that, next year, I will have a nutritious layer of topsoil for the lawn. That sure beats the clay in which this was planted.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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