LONGMONT – Did you know that you can help to restore the environment with something as simple as turf grass?

In fact, the United States Congress in 2003 said that, “Turf grass sod in urban areas and communities can aid in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the heat island effect, reducing energy consumption and contributing to the efforts to reduce global warming.”

“Conversations concerning sod tend to focus on water consumption. Little focus is placed on the benefits of sod. However, sod has been proven through many studies over time to be beneficial to the environment,” says Steve Korby, President of the Rocky Mountain Sod Growers. “We want to make sure folks understand the facts about grass. It’s important to know how good it is for the environment.”

Research conducted at Colorado State University indicates that Kentucky bluegrass lawns can be grown with as little as 15-20 inches of irrigation (with normal precipitation and good irrigation coverage). Because the plant is very drought tolerant, it is a good choice for Colorado. However, people tend to overwater their grass leading to the misperception that grass is a water hog.

Research has shown that many turf grass environmental benefits exist including the following:

• Protects topsoil from wind and water erosion and improves soil quality
• Absorbs and filters rain and runoff water
• Contributes to carbon sequestration and O2 creation
• Moderates  temperature in urban environment
• Purifies and replenishes our water supply
• Reduces noise, glare and visual pollution
• Creates valuable wildlife habitats

Additionally, a well maintained lawn and landscape enhances the curb appeal of a home adding as much as 15 percent to the value of your home.

Now is the time to sod or re-sod your landscape.  You can install sod anytime during the year when the ground can be tilled. Proper ground preparation is key to the success of any sod installation.

To learn more about grass varieties, sod installation and lawn care visit the experts at sod-growers. com. The informational website is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Sod Growers in an effort to provide scientific, factual information concerning the benefits of sod.