Why choose turf?
There are lots of benefits to choosing turf for your garden over and above the fact that it adds value to your home and provides a beautiful area for leisure and relaxation. Turf is a sustainable way to landscape your garden for the following reasons:
Turf absorbs rainfall and reduces run-off as it allows the water to seep through the soil. It acts like a sponge to store water temporarily in the event of heavy rain and flash floods. In addition it protects surface water quality by filtering and cleaning the water that runs off in to streams and drainage systems
Within towns and cities, turf, along with other plants and trees, supports significantly lower surface temperatures during the summer, up to 10 degree Celsius cooler than tarmac! This helps reduce the "urban heat island" effect.
Turf traps smoke, dust and dirt, released annually into the atmosphere, between its leaves. From here the particles are washed in to the soil, where they are broken down. In essence turf filters out the air we breathe, which is particularly important in urban areas.
Turf is a unique ecosystem which hosts the interaction between the grass plant and a vast array of organisms and microorganisms which use it as their home. The turf provides the feeding ground for these microorganisms, which break down the proteins and carbohydrates in dead leaves and roots into simple compounds that, in return, the grass plants can re-use. Grass also uses greenhouse gasses for photosynthesis thereby offsetting climate change
A lawn can support the reduction of soil erosion by intercepting rainfall before it hits the soil. It allows the water to filter through the soil rather than run off it in to our water systems
Mowing clippings and the natural shedding of turf stems and leaves contribute a large amount of organic matter to the soil over a number of years.
Turfed areas absorb noise more effectively than tarmac or paved gardens. In fact they can decrease noise by eight to ten decibels which is particularly useful in town and cities.