At Great Lakes Lawn Care, we are committed to an environmentally-friendly approach to lawn care and maintenance. A thick and healthy lawn and landscaped property contributes to an overall healthy environment in a number of ways including:

  • Maintains air quality by absorbing air pollutants like carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and smog
  • Generates life-giving oxygen through photosynthesis
  • Traps dust particles that can cause respiratory illnesses and allergens
  • Builds topsoil through decay of grass clippings and other roots and shoots
  • Reduces the erosion of topsoil

Protecting and enhancing your grass, trees, and shrubs helps your pocketbook because it can increase your property value, and healthy, mature trees shading your home can cut your energy costs significantly. So why does grass play such a major role in healthy urban living? There are a number of reasons.

Grass growth helps regulate soil formation. In a healthy lawn, one grass plant is capable of producing over 380 miles of fibrous roots. When crowded together on a lawn, the collective grass roots are not nearly as extensive, but still act as an integrated root structure which holds soil in place. As roots die off and are replaced by new ones, the soil is enriched by numerous microorganisms that eventually form nutrient-rich humus. Many living organisms live around soil particles and roots.  In one pound of root fibres, there are over 93 billion organisms including bacteria, fungi and protozoa. In 100 mē of grass and soil, there are 45 quadrillion microorganisms that weigh as much as 70 pounds. Reproduction of these organisms is very rapid and their life span is very short. Soil organisms promote soil health through decomposition of plant matter. Moisture and organic matter are required for soils to be biologically active. Therefore, the health of soil and lawn grasses is very co-dependant.

There are on average approximately 35,000,000 individual lawn grass plants per acre or about 8,000,000 grass plants per 10,000 square feet of lawn. No other variety of plant grows so closely and so densely. On a lush and healthy lawn, there can be as many as 14,000,000 individual roots within a surface area covering 2,500 square feet. The continuing cycle of root growth and decomposition provides food for soil microorganisms that play an integral part in the dynamic lawn eco-system. At Great Lakes Lawn Care, we recognizing the extensive environmental benefits your lawn provides. A healthy lawn and thick glass is one of the most important ingredients to the health of our urban environments and investing in a lawn care maintenance program just makes good sense.