Sir Walter Environmental Benefits (video)

Sir Walter Environmental Benefits

Sir Walter is a major source of beauty and comfort in our lives and a cleansing answer for our environment.  It absorbs carbon dioxide, produces oxygen and acts as a filter for our waterways and cools the area around our homes, it really is the perfect green choice.

Helping Reduce your Carbon Footprint!

Turf has a positive role to play in combating the build up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases caused by the burning of fossil fuels and a range of other human activities.  In this way Turf can help in the fight against global warming.  It sequesters carbon from the atmospheres and stores it in the soil.  It has a greater flexibility to do this than trees which means it can also produce oxygen more efficiently.
Studies have shown that grasses keep sequestering carbon even at high levels of carbon dioxide unlike trees that shut down when overloaded.

Cooling your home

Sir Walter greatly reduces heat.  The temperature of a Sir Walter lawn in midsummer is 10 degrees less than bare soil, 20 degrees less than asphalt concrete or pebble mulch and 40 degrees less than dry synthetic turfs.  In fact an average front lawn has the cooling effect of 8.75 tonnes of air conditioning without the accompanying negative effects on the environment.  An average home air conditioner only has a 3-4 tonne capacity and increases carbon dioxide omissions.Something else you may not know is that there are a huge number of good bacteria and fungi in every lawn that can break down any organic pollutant.

Grass provides a greater cooling effect than trees and can achieve the same as an open water pool or lake but is 40% less wasteful in water evaporation. Another great thing about having a healthy lawn around your home if you live in a bushfire region is that it helps reduce the risk of bushfire damage.

Balancing the eco-system

Turf is a natural breeding ground for certain animals and insects that play a vital role in maintaining a balanced eco system and also it helps create a safer environment by restricting around the home the sort of vegetation  where you might find snakes and rodents that can pack a nasty bite.

Lawns and Extreme Heat (video)

Lawns and Extreme Heat

No matter where you live in Australia, periods of extreme heat may occur but remember Sir Walter is one of the most heat tolerant grasses out there. But if extreme heat does come around you need to make a decision.  Do I let my lawn brown off and wait for normal conditions to return and for the lawn to bounce back, because it will do that.  Or do I water my lawn to keep it looking good. If you do decide to water, water with one deep watering at the first signs of stress then don’t water again until the lawn starts to wilt.  If you are on pure sands this will be more frequent than if you are on a heavier soil.

Encourage deep root systems

Remember that frequent light watering is bad news because this encourages shallow root systems.  What you want to be doing is less frequent deeper soakings because they encourage deep root systems.  This will give your lawn the legs and strength to get through the hot periods. Also if you use Sir Launcher when you put your lawn down this will help because it has the moisture magnets that will give your lawn more strength and more moisture for hot periods. A light top dressing is a good idea also because this will act a bit like a mulch and lock in that valuable moisture.