Rolling sod onto the ground is a very common way to add grass to a property. So common, in fact, that there are more than 25 million acres of grass lawn in the U.S. To learn more about some fascinating facts about sod grass, read on. And remember that if you want to add or maintain your grass in Sunnyvale, contact Starr Turfgrass Inc.
Cooling and Noise Reducing
Sod is remarkably effective at cooling. According to Sod.com, the front lawn in an average-sized U.S. home has twice the cooling power of an average central air conditioning unit in the U.S. And on a hot day in the summer, you can expect a lawn to be 14 degrees cooler than soil and 30 degrees cooler than asphalt. Grass also absorbs sound, which can make your yard a more peaceful place.
According to a Gallup survey, more than half of U.S. homeowners believed that putting money into lawns and landscaping is as good or better than other types of home improvements. According to Bobvila.com, an attractive lawn and landscaping design can add as much as 20 percent to the value of your home. Even adding a deck or patio does not offer the same return on investment.
A minimum turf area of 50 square feet is able to absorb ozone, hydrogen fluoride, peroxyacetyl nitrate, and carbon dioxide. According to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the grass and trees alongside the U.S highway system release enough oxygen annually for the needs of 22 million people.
Other Environmental Benefits
When it is healthy and green, grass is a natural fire retardant. Having patches of grass between and around buildings is an effective way to slow the spread of fire. And did you know that as much as 90 percent of the weight of a grass plant is found in its roots? A solitary grass plant can actually have hundreds of miles of root system, which is beneficial to the soil.