The benefits of a natural lawn
- Grass, like all living plants, takes up carbon dioxide and releases oxygen.
- A natural lawn acts as an air filter, trapping and absorbing smoke, dust, and pollutants that would otherwise be breathed in by us.
- A natural lawn creates an ecological barrier between your house and the street.
- Lawns are a home for beetles, other insects and worms, and they attract birds such as starlings that feed on the invertebrates hidden below.
- Lawns can also provide seed for birds. Those of annual meadow grass, plantain, buttercup and dandelion are particular favourites.
- Lawns improve water quality and prevents soil erosion.
- Grass absorbs sound and reduces noise pollution.
- Access to a natural lawn can reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
“Urban gardens are increasingly recognised for their potential to maintain or even enhance biodiversity.
“In particular the presence of large densities and varieties of flowering plants supports a number of pollinating insects whose range and abundance has declined as a consequence of agricultural intensification and habitat loss.”
Dr Mick Hanley,
Associate Professor in Plant-Animal Interactions