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The Effect of Grass on Trees – September 2019: Part 12

We’re continuing with our series on the effects of grass on trees: Most of us only associate clean air with trees. Grass also cleans our air and is often overlooked.  If you’re looking for guidance on how your lawn might be affecting your trees, please don’t hesitate to ask.

As with fertilizers, proper application of pesticides to turfgrass results in little impact on the environment. “Many university studies show that less than one percent of pesticides leach from the application site with the majority remaining in the turf or soil/thatch layer until it is degraded.”

With proper education, “maintaining healthy turf areas can be accomplished by utilizing common sense and adhering to classic agronomic management principles. Know your soils and apply fertilizer and pesticides correctly. Adopt environmentally sound lawn service programs that will reduce leaching, runoff and erosion and maximize the environmental benefits of quality turfgrass.”

It is agreed that the Southwest has an impending water crisis which must be dealt with as the population grows and new urban water sources are developed at a much slower pace. Yet, some government agencies “are focused almost exclusively on projected water savings and have not fully contemplated the potential environmental impacts that may result from reducing the percentage of turf in the landscape.”  Many also have not considered the option of allowing greater plantings of low water use grass varieties. A balanced approach to water conservation recognizes that there are species of both trees and turf which conserve water while also providing many benefits to our cities and neighborhoods

Using Top Tree LLCTop Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in the Tri-Cities.  All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified.  We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

The Effect of Grass on Trees – September 2019: Part 11

We’re continuing with our series on the effects of grass on trees: Most of us only associate clean air with trees. Grass also cleans our air and is often overlooked.  If you’re looking for guidance on how your lawn might be affecting your trees, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Lawns are perceived to leach fertilizers into our water supply. Research indicates that when appropriate rates of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to a dense stand of grass, there is very little runoff or leaching from the fertilized site. “Whenever N is applied to a site, there is the possibility that some of it may run off into surface waters. However, several recent studies indicate that N carried in runoff from turf areas is very low, that is because turf is comprised of many closely spaced plants forming a relatively closed canopy over the soil surface.”

Using Top Tree LLCTop Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in the Tri-Cities.  All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified.  We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

The Effect of Grass on Trees – September 2019: Part 8

We’re continuing with our series on the effects of grass on trees: Most of us only associate clean air with trees. Grass also cleans our air and is often overlooked.  If you’re looking for guidance on how your lawn might be affecting your trees, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Runoff Reductions

With trees, most stormwater runoff reduction is due to the interception of rain by the tree’s leaves which delays water runoff for a short period of time. However, grasses will provide a significantly longer delay in runoff. The grass leaves slow down the flow of the water across the landscape’s surface, allowing the water to penetrate the soil. Because grasses prevent and delay runoff of water, they also impact the number of sewer overflow events in a city, where the sewer water and storm water are combined.

Filtering & Erosion Control

To a greater extent than trees, turf acts as an agent to purify contaminants and control soil erosion. “Turf is good for filtering out oil and debris from the street. Grass is a tremendous medium to clean the environment.” “Perennial turfgrasses offer one of the most cost-efficient methods to control erosion of soil.”

Using Top Tree LLCTop Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in the Tri-Cities.  All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified.  We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.

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