Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Carbon Footprint in Your Lawn

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--America's big carbon footprint may not be so

big after all, especially for homeowners with healthy lawns.

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact of human activities on the

environment. It is measured in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases

produced in units of carbon dioxide. According to various studies, the

typical American homeowner creates about 20-22 tons of CO2

every year. Everyone wants to be m ore eco-friendly, but may not be sure

how to reduce his or her environmental impact. The fact is, your

backyard can be a valuable environmental asset and actually can reduce

the size of your carbon footprint.

There is ample research to support the concept of "carbon

sequestration," the process by which carbon

dioxide from the atmosphere is absorbed by trees, plants and crops

through photosynthesis and stored as carbon in roots, tree trunks,

branches, foliage and soil. Organizations such as NASA and the U.S.

Department of Energy support this claim. The DOE website describes

carbon sequestration as "

of the most promising ways for reducing the buildup of greenhouse gases

in the atmosphere."

"Grass plantings are among the most efficient

ecosystems for tying up atmospheric CO2,"
< br>explained Kirk Hurto, vice president for technical services at TruGreen,

the nation's largest lawn care provider. "This

is because the rich, fibrous root system of grass plants and the

associated soil bacteria help recycle carbon through the environment.

Prudent use of fertilizers helps grow healthy grass and enrich your lawn's

ability to sequester carbon dioxide. The bottom line is, grass is good

for the environment."

Beyond growing grass, homeowners can further reduce their carbon

footprint in other ways. Some suggestions:

Use electric-powered hand tools. Electric leaf blowers, string

trimmers, edgers and mowers are more environmentally friendly than

gas-powered devices. They are, however, less convenient for homeowners

with large lawns, so if you Sprinkler Syst em Installation Greenville must use gasoline-powered equipment, keep

the motors tuned properly and your cutting blades sharp.

Avoid over-watering. Lawns are usually more drought-tolerant

than you may expect. Water as recommended by your lawn care

professional or when grass shows signs of stress -

the color changes to blue-green and when the grass fails to spring

back quickly after you step on it, and water before 10 a.m. to reduce

evaporate. Use soaker hoses to spot water shrubs, flowers and trees.

Apply fertilizers and herbicides properly. If you are unsure

about fertilizer and herbicide applications, consult a lawn care

professional or your local Cooperative Extension Service.

Most homeowners are good stewards of the environment. They enjoy nature

and work hard to create a beautiful natural environment around their

home. The grass, flowers, shrubs and trees they plant create ox ygen,

fight erosion and provide a natural filter for the environment. If you

have a nice, healthy lawn take pride in the contribution you're

making to Mother Earth.

About TruGreen

TruGreen is the world's largest lawn and

landscape company, serving more than 3.4 million residential and

commercial customers across the United States with lawn care, tree and

shrub care, and landscaping services. As the current industry leader,

TruGreen continues to pioneer the development of new technology for lawn

care, and devotes substantial resources to continually evaluate new

products and equipment. TruGreen is a member of the ServiceMaster Family

of Brands, which also includes TruGreen LandCare,

Terminix, American Home Shield,

InStar, ServiceMaster Clean,

Merry Maids, Furniture Medic,

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