Benefits of Healthy Lawn Maintenance

It’s a New Year and time for New Year’s resolutions. Most of us choose a resolution that involves our health, whether physical or mental. But did you know that a healthy lawn has serious benefits too? If your lawn could make a new year’s resolution, it might wish to be as healthy as it can be. Here’s why.


More than 30 million acres of lawns exist in the United States. It’s estimated that these lawns remove 5 percent of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Turf’s power to generate oxygen has a major impact on the environment, as well. A well-maintained, 50- foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. Turf also provides pollution control by trapping dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere.
Grass provides money-saving cooling effects in the summer months. It is a natural air conditioner. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning — enough to cool 16 average homes. Dense, healthy grass also slows down and filters runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Fresh, filtered water then returns to the underground water supply. “Water filtered through a lawn planted with St. Augustine is a clean as the filtered water you get in your own home,” says Joel McGuire.
In addition to its positive environmental impacts, a healthy lawn can also make a home more marketable, and in this tough housing market, a well-cared-for lawn can make or break a sale. Also, economic uncertainty has many families skipping expensive vacations and opting for “staycations” in their own backyards.

Because people are spending more time around their homes, there is a renewed emphasis on the health, maintenance and vitality of grass, trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants and natural areas in their yards. Trees, shrubbery and plants can create a private and tranquil personal retreat while well-maintained green spaces have been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce muscle tension related to stress.
Homeowners work with lawn maintenance professionals to put together a program that ensures healthy and beautiful lawns throughout the year. McGuire’s Beautiful Outdoors can help you build a lawn that will bring lasting value and beauty to your home.