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Russ Lindsley is the owner of Green Acres

Your lawn is a bigger deal than you may realize, so think twice before neglecting it.

A big benefit from your lawn is it helps control water runoff and erosion. Grass acts like a sponge and prevents water runoff into storm and sewer drains and carrying with it substances such as dirt and oil. Grass cleans the water it collects and breaks down harmful microbes and pollutants, keeping them out of groundwater supplies. Rainwater filtered through a healthy lawn is often as much as 10 times less acidic than water running off a hard surface like a sidewalk or hardscape.

Well-appreciated during the summer, grass cools down the area around your home. It dissipates this radiant heat through a process called evapotranspiration, which combats the heat island effect.

Besides the physical benefits, your lawn can make you happier. Research shows that knowing and experiencing nature, including green space, makes us generally happier, healthier people. Just looking out a window at green spaces can lower adult stress levels. Walking or running in green spaces, instead of synthetic environments, can lead to decreased anger, fatigue and feelings of depression, while increasing attention levels.

Your lawn can help kids get into shape while having fun. Outdoor play is an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese get fit. It increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies. Research also shows that children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.

Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.

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