June 20th is National Clean Air Day and in honour of that fact, we’re taking a look at how to reduce air pollution with a natural lawn.
Clean Air Day is a UK initiative that aims to educate people about common air pollution causes and the simple steps we can all take to reduce air pollution.
The result of this is more people who know how to reduce air pollution in their own homes, and improved air quality for them and their neighbours – it’s a win-win!
With this in mind, here’s our guide to how your natural lawn is keeping your air clean, and especially why mature grass is worth hanging on to.
Natural turf covers an area with green grass and, like other green plants and leaves, it uses photosynthesis to grow.
That means it takes in sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, and converts them into the physical carbohydrate building blocks it needs to grow, while releasing the leftover oxygen.
All of this is good for air quality in several ways – it reduces CO2 in the atmosphere, releases more breathable oxygen, and it’s also worth remembering that everything we eat, from meat to vegetables, started out as sunlight and CO2 before a plant turned it into carbs.
You’re probably not going to eat your lawn or let farm animals graze on it, but there are plenty more known benefits of natural lawns:
On top of all of these benefits, a natural lawn at the front of your house will typically enhance the kerb appeal of your property and help you to sell it if you want to move house – you might even get more money for it with a well-kept front garden.
If you’ve decided to lay turf to reduce air pollution in and around your garden, there are some simple steps you can take to maximise the benefits in the months and years to come.
We would always recommend preparing the ground well before laying turf – we even offer a professional Turf Laying Service to get it right every time – but there are also long-term air quality benefits to doing this.
By preparing the ground, your turf can put down deep roots. This allows it to find water deeper into the earth in the future and encourages stronger growth, locking away even more CO2 in the form of physical hydrocarbons.