As summer kicks in, many people become concerned about climate change and want to know what they can do about it.
Well, from our little corner of the world, we’d like to offer some suggestions on improving your lawn – and your carbon footprint – at the same time.
The fact is that turf grass – because of its density – is much better at absorbing and storing carbon acre-for-acre than trees. Carbon is taken in through the blades of grass and stored in the roots.
Here are a few tips on how improve your lawn’s capacity to capture and store carbon:
1. Grass Type: Some grasses, like fescues and bluegrass, have a higher potential for carbon sequestration because they have deeper root systems and can store more carbon in the soil.
2. Soil Quality: Healthy soil is crucial for carbon sequestration. Implement practices like regular aeration, top dressing with compost or organic matter, and using soil amendments to enhance soil fertility and structure. Healthy roots allow the soil to hold more carbon.
3. Mow High, Mow Often: Maintain a minimum height of 3” on your lawn and mow it frequently. Leaving more blade length maximizes photosynthesis; mowing often will force the turf into accelerated growth mode, thus absorbing C02 at a faster rate than a lawn that isn’t mowed.
Groundhog Landscaping offers mowing services. Blades are set to the optimal height and always kept sharp. Crews cut lawns on a schedule throughout the week, so you don’t have to wait for the weekend.
4. Water Deep (but less often): Overwatering can lead to shallow root growth and decreased carbon sequestration. Adjust your irrigation system to water deep every few days. This will help control fungus too!
5. Avoid Soil Compaction: Limit foot traffic and heavy equipment use on the grass. Compaction reduces the soil’s ability to store carbon and can hinder root development.
Groundhog Landscaping can install fencing, natural barriers and walkways to redirect pedestrian traffic away from lawn areas.
6. Plant Trees: Integrating trees and shrubs into your turf grass areas not only provides cool shade, but they also add another layer of carbon sequestration by absorbing and storing carbon through their leaves, stems and roots.
Above all, the best thing you can do is to make sure your lawn is thick and healthy with our nutrient-rich, 7-step lawn care program. Not on it yet? Give our office a call at (603) 505-8587.