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Author(s):Stachlewitz, Rusty
Author Affiliation:Executive Director, Midwest Sod Council and Fundraising Director, International Turf Producers Foundation, Turfgrass Producers International
Title:The answer is turf: Does turf have a place in the home landscape?
Source:American Nurseryman. Vol. 205, No. 5, March 1 2007, p. 24-27.
# of Pages:4
Publishing Information:Chicago, IL: American Nurseryman Publishing Co.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Lawn turf; Turf values; Environmental benefits; Erosion control; Filters; Trafficability; Native grasses; Biodiversity; Stigma; Water use; Pesticides
Abstract/Contents:Discusses potential benefits of turfgrasses installed as home lawns. Suggests that "turfgrass is great for the environment when maintained appropriately...when maintained with a low-impact regime, turfgrass is one of the world's premier environmental products." Explains that "a turfgrass environment can sequester more carbon than a forest environment, possibly reducing global warming." Also states that "air and noise pollution both are reduced by all plant material in some capacity, but turfgrass is very efficient at these functions. Particulates from the air easily are trapped in turfgrass and incorporated quickly into the soil...The soft surface of a turfgrass stand also reduces noise as compared to hard ground coverings." Suggests that "lawns are planted to serve a purpose. That purpose may be soil stabilization, dust control or utilization for recreation." Concludes that "with a little research, the proper turfgrass can be found for most locations. If turfgrass will not be beneficial in a selected area, then [homeowners should] find a plant material that will. In areas where turfgrass can be used, however, [everyone] will benefit."
Note:Includes sidebars, "Environmental benefits", p. 26 and "Other benefits", p. 26
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Other items relating to: Carbon sequestration of turf
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Stachlewitz, R. 2007. The answer is turf: Does turf have a place in the home landscape?. American Nurseryman. 205(5):p. 24-27.
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