Benefits of Turfgrass Sod
Improving the environment, boosting human health, and enhancing our communities.
The NSGA believes that incorporating green space into residential, commercial, and municipal landscaping is integral to enhancing quality of life for people, generating economic value, and improving our environment.
There are immediate and long-term benefits to installing natural turfgrass sod, which makes it ideal for use across a wide variety of industries and locations including:
- Residential & Commercial Landscapes
- Golf Courses
- Sports Fields
- Municipal Parks
Environmental Benefits of Turfgrass Sod
There are numerous environmental benefits to installing turfgrass sod including:
Water Conservation, Filtration, and Run-Off
As communities face yearly water restrictions, installing sod to reduce water consumption is increasingly important. Sodded turfgrass sites will require irrigation for a shorter period of time after installing, when compared with sites that have been seeded.
The root structure of healthy turfgrass sod will slow down and, in some cases, prevent stormwater runoff. As water falls on the sod, it is absorbed and filtered before entering the drainage system or aquifer. The more dense the sod, the more it will filter and increase percolation.
Turfgrass sod produces a substantial fibrous root system that will extend throughout the root zone in the soil. Over time, the root structure will decay and redevelop.
As this happens, the micro-organisms form a layer of humus that helps to retain moisture, loosen soil for effective aeration and drainage, and increase soil organisms which help make nutrients available to plants and other natural landscaping elements.
Health Benefits of Turfgrass Sod
There are numerous health benefits to installing turfgrass sod including:
Reduced Air Pollution and Allergic Responses
Turfgrass sod helps to combat air pollution by trapping dust, pollen, smoke, and other particles from the air. Sod absorbs gaseous pollutants and traps particulate matter, helping to clean the air and reduce allergic responses.
Sod is also an effective oxygen producer; a 50’ x 50’ lawn releases enough oxygen to support a family of four for one year.*
The impacts of climate change mean that our seasons have become more extreme, and our summers are hotter and drier than ever before.
Turfgrass sod helps to reduce temperature extremes by natural transpirational cooling; a naturally-occuring evaporation that brings down the temperature of plants through their pores.
Climate moderation means that grassy areas are significantly cooler than pavement and this provides added comfort for people and pets. Approximately 50% of the heat from the sun is dispersed via transpirational cooling once it strikes the turfgrass surface.
Economic Benefits of Turfgrass Sod
There are numerous economic benefits to installing turfgrass sod including:
Increased Property Value and Economic Growth
Every homeowner and property owner knows the importance of curb appeal, and a well-designed and properly-maintained landscape with natural turfgrass sod has the ability to increase a property value by 15-20%.*
In multiple studies, surveys confirmed that streetscapes that incorporated a well-maintained green space and natural elements resulted in consumers spending 9-12% more than they would have spent in un-landscaped areas.
Lower Cooling Costs
As sod helps to moderate temperature via transpirational cooling, it also helps to cool surrounding areas. Homes and businesses that have turfgrass as landscaping will enjoy reduced air conditioning usage, when compared to those with pavement and walkways.
The average home-size central air unit has a three to four ton capacity, and the front lawns of eight average-sized houses has the cooling effect of approximately 70 tons of air conditioning.*