Mission Viejo

                          Grass Facts Prove Lawns Are Way Cool
                           By Cathy Schlicht, Mayor, City of Mission Viejo

Under the pretense that California’s dry climate is not suitable for lawns, we have been urged to rip out our lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant plants.
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“We have been told that turf serves no functional purpose other than its looks.” That statement made by Bob Muir of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California may not be true.

 In the 1960s, China eliminated much of its grass and trees during its Cultural Revolution. Now, more than 30 years later, China is repairing its landscape by replanting trees and lawns to help reduce its severe pollution problems.

 Grass protects the soil from wind and rain. It prevents soil erosion and traps dirt and dust. It acts as an air filter by removing pollutants. Grasses remove about 6 tons of carbon dioxide per acre per year and convert it to oxygen through photosynthesis. Not only does grass absorb contaminates from the air, it purifies water when its root system soaks up the rain, helping to recharge the groundwater.
  Grass naturally cools the air. Various university studies have concluded that grass can reduce air temperatures by as much as 30 degrees. Our lawns provide family fun and also add value to our homes.

 Grass is beneficial to nature – providing feeding grounds for birds and other wildlife. Just as importantly, grass is important to public health. Researchers have discovered that green play areas have not only improved symptoms for children with ADHD, but green areas lessen our stress, increasing our quality of life. Hospital patients with views of lawns have improved quicker than patients without a lawn view.

So, in conclusion, while green lawns offer a calming influence in our lives, they produce oxygen and are also nature's filter, absorbing contaminants from both air and water. Lawns cut down noise pollution and make our air cooler.

 Grass is good for the environment. How can anyone disagree?


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