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The Effect of Grass on Trees – September 2019: Part 9

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.

Aesthetic and Other Benefits

It is no secret that mature trees will increase the property values in a neighborhood. Trees provide “beautification, privacy, shade that increases human comfort, wildlife habitat, sense of place and wellbeing that are difficult to price.” Similarly, surveys indicate that a well-maintained lawn adds value to a home. Based on a Gallup survey on behalf of American Gardening Association, “A well-maintained lawn can enhance “curb appeal” adding as much as 15 percent to the value of a home.”

Although grass areas do not provide privacy and shade like trees, they provide the unique benefits of a safe surface for children and athletes to play on, fire protection around the home and a high visibility zone that discourages unwanted intruders and vandals.

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 10

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.

Negative Perceptions of Turf After having considered the many benefits of both trees and turf, it is important to examine the misconception that maintenance of grass areas will have a greater negative impact on the environment than would occur with tree maintenance.

Lawns are criticized because of the grass clippings that are removed and disposed in landfills. However, if lawns are mowed on a regular basis there is no need to remove grass clippings from the lawn. “Clippings are very high in water content and breakdown rapidly when returned to lawns after mowing, assuming lawns are mowed on a regular basis (not removing more than one-third of the leaf blade).”

Raking of tree leaves can also generate a significant volume of waste – directly proportional to the leaf area index as discussed above.

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 7

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.

Energy Savings

Energy savings are a major reason why municipalities and utilities promote planting of trees. Trees provide shade in addition to cooling the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. Likewise, grass areas also provide cooling due to evapotranspiration. It has been found that, “the front lawns of 8 average houses have the same cooling effect as 24 (3-4 ton capacity) home central air conditioning units.

A visual observation of most neighborhoods will indicate that trees are often placed too far from buildings to achieve maximum shade benefits. When trees do not shade buildings, the general cooling effect is similar to that of an equivalent area of turfgrass.

Air Quality Benefits

Turf and trees are great assets to our communities because of their ability to entrap pollutants and remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Research has shown that turfgrasses remove “atmospheric pollutants such as carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and perosyzacetyle nitrate from the air.”

Grasses remove about 6 tons of CO2 per acre per year from the atmosphere…” Turfgrasses also reduce airborne dust particulates and “offer one of the most cost-efficient methods to control…wind 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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