Having a nice lawn surrounding your house not only improves the quality of your life, but also improves the value of your home and helps ecologically by filtering the air and water that passes through it. But these benefits do have a cost associated with them.
It needs to be cut on a regular basis. A healthy lawn is one with a good root system which is further developed through regular mowing’s at the proper height and frequency. Un-mown grass is also an invitation for ticks which can transmit serious diseases. If you do-it-yourself, then mowing involves time and physical exertion, not to mention the cost and maintenance of a lawn mower. Although lawn mowers have improved greatly over the last few decades in terms of safety, they still pose certain dangers if not handled properly. Lawn mowers are typically dirty and noisy, although there are some new battery-powered models that are whisper quiet and don’t pollute on the neighborhood level.
To look good, a lawn needs a good balance of chemicals to survive. Grass plants have a large demand for certain chemicals such as nitrogen, to stay in top shape. Without regular and timely applications of properly balanced fertilizers that include special micro-nutrients, a lawn will lose it’s vitality and decrease it’s ability to withstand diseases and insect damage.
Lawns have a bad reputation as being a polluter of our streams and rivers. While excess nitrogen and phosphorus do cause waterway problems, the culprit is more likely comes from farming areas where large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus are applied to exposed soil in early spring, at a time when there is more likely to be heavy rains. The farm fields have nothing holding back the run-off and the applied nitrogen then works its way into our waterways. But still, there is a stigma that has been attached to homeowner’s with nice looking lawns. They might be seen as people that don’t care about the environment, when in truth, the exact opposite is true.
Some lawns may also need supplemental watering’s at various times throughout the year, but that can be greatly controlled by planting the right type of grass for specific geographic areas. Trying to put a lawn in locations that need to be watered daily is certainly not a good idea nor recommended.