For most properties, the turf is the biggest single landscaping feature. Although irrigation systems, water features, trees and plants are also important, the single most important part of any property is arguably its turf.
Green turf care keeps turf thick and lush throughout the year using proven, environmentally safe methods to ensure:
- Regular watering: Green turf care approaches watering strategically with an irrigation system that’s optimized to provide the water your turf needs, while also making smart, environmental choices.
- Regular mowing: Green turf care applies the same principles to your turf as to pruning a tree – you get healthy growth over time. That’s why regularly scheduled mowing is critical to a healthy turf.
- Fertilizing and Weed Control : The days of using potentially harmful chemicals to feed your turf are gone. Professional, licensed landscaping companies comply with strict environmental standards to ensure that a lush turf is fed and cared for in an environmentally conscious way.
- Aeration: Aeration is a safe and natural way of encouraging healthy turf. Creating holes in the soil (a process called aeration) increases air flow, loosens the soil, and encourages root growth.
Why Turf Matters
Turf is the connecting element that ties together a property’s landscape. The turf physically and visually connects trees, shrubs, flowers, and other landscaping features to one another and to the building(s) itself.
Turf is also one of the most practical features of any property. Your property’s turf experiences heavy foot traffic, and depending on the type of property, might host sports, picnics, playing children, pets, events, and workplace functions.
Environmental and Health Benefits
The Lawn Institute points out that turf has important environmental and health benefits. Turf cools air on hot days, working as a giant exterior ‘air conditioner’ while also trapping dust, dirt, pollen, and pollution.
Turf also aids in drainage and water management. Rather than building up in murky puddles, water is absorbed and carried into the groundwater, protecting the property from flooding and erosion, both which cause structural damage to buildings.
Reduced puddles and standing water means fewer breeding grounds for mosquitos, which carry disease (not to mention the annoying itch).
Benefits for Your Property
In addition to the environmental benefits, turf also absorbs sounds. If your property is located adjacent to a major road, then you should maximize your turf. You’ll notice an immediate audible difference because, according to The Lawn Institute , concrete and pavement reverberates sound pollution, while “grassed slopes beside lowered expressways reduce noise 8-10 decibels.”
Turf also offers your property improved:
- Traffic control : Lawns help direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic along your chosen routes
- Versatility : Unlike other forms of landscaping, a lawn is a highly versatile space which can be used for additional parking, outdoor events, or storage if needed
- Fire protection : Lush, watered lawns serve as a natural barrier to nearby fires.
Give Your Turf Some Love
Your turf offers numerous benefits, but does require something in return. It needs some TLC. Let’s face it, dry, dead, brown turf will not absorb water, muffle noise, or serve as a functional space. In fact, nothing makes a property less appealing to tenants, potential buyers, or customers than neglected turf.
Written by David Lammers
David Lammers is the president of Garden Grove Landscaping. Garden Grove provides Commercial Landscape Management Services across the Golden Horseshoe, GTA and Southwestern Ontario. David may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-996-1099.