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Lawn Facts

•In a well maintained, thick 10,000 square foot lawn there will be 6 turf plants per square inch, 850 turf plants per square foot for a total of 8.5 million turf plants.

•Grass plants are 75 to 80% water, by weight.

•Up to 90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots.

•Grass clippings are approximately 90% water, by weight.

•1,000 square feet (304.8 square meters) of lawn will generate 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) of clippings annually.

•One ton (.9 metric ton) of clippings will contribute only 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) of decayed matter to a landfill. Clippings contain nutrients useable to the grass, when left on the lawn.

•A lawn, 50 by 50 feet (15.24 by 15.24 meters) (2,500 square feet) (232 square meters) releases enough oxygen for a family of four, while absorbing carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and peroxyacetyl nitrate.

•A dense, healthy lawn prevents run-off, absorbing rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field.

•Turfgrass helps control pollution, trapping much of an estimated 12 million tons (10.9 million metric tons) of dust and dirt released annually into the US atmosphere.

•The front lawns of eight average houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons (68 metric tons) of air conditioning, while the average home-size central air has only a 3 to 4 ton capacity (2.7 to 3.9 metric tons).

•As part of a well-designed and maintained landscape, turfgrass increases a home’s property value by 15 to 20 %.