From Queensland to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra there isn’t really a perfect grass variety, but HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited) with the help from some research carried out in WA, set out to find which variety was the best for the area.
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.
In recent years some landscapers and DIY shows have turned their back on the humble Aussie lawn. They’ve ditched the turf in favour of concrete and pavers, with just a few plants supplying the only hint of green. The idea that we can turn our back yards into an outside room has lead to the installation of decks and hard surface areas. And while these often look great, there are some sizeable drawbacks associated with them, that don’t seem to get mentioned on those TV shows.
With increasing drought and consequently more water restrictions coming into force across Australia each year, it’s important to use grey water wherever possible for your lawn watering routine. Not only does this help you save the planet but it helps your pocket too!