Turfgrass Benefits Related to Temperature Modification
The sustainable landscape, including lawns, trees and shrubs, can play an important role in moderating summer air temperatures in often harsh, urban environments. Trees, shrubs and lawn areas around homes can reduce air temperatures from 7° to 14° F through the effects of shading and evapotranspiration2. This temperature reduction can directly result in curbing summer air conditioning costs. One estimate suggests that planting lawns and other landscape vegetation could reduce total U.S. air conditioning energy requirements by 25 percent3.
Lawn areas also provide cooler summer places for children to play than asphalt or concrete surfaces. In addition to their cooling influence, the cushioning effect of a lawn surface can reduce the potential for injuries.
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