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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

by The Pros

Healthy turfgrass can capture up to four times more carbon from the air than is produced by the engine of our lawnmowers. "When you take care of your lawn and promote a healthy root system, your lawn acts as a carbon sink, pulling and storing away carbon," reports Dr. Sahu. He is an energy expert and University instructor. The report is available at opei.org/carbonreport.

Sahu studied well-managed turfgrasses that are cut regularly and at the appropriate height, fed with nutrients, such as grass clippings, watered responsibly and not disturbed at the root zone. Mowing grass and pruning shrubs and trees keeps plants in a growing state. This, in turn, ensures they are actively pulling carbon dioxide- a greenhouse gas - from the air.

Dr. Sahu says, "Your lawn, if managed properly, can be essentially a decent foot solider in our quest to reduce our carbon footprint." He then added,"the key is to actively manage your lawn, improving its carbon intake, and not letting it 'go to seed' and into a 'dormant state.'"

Allowing us to maintain your lawn is saving our environment. In addition to a healthy lawn we reduce water consumption by choosing the correct mower height. It is win/win for us and our children.

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