The Benefits of a Lawn

We recently came across an article recently entitled, “Are Lawns Bad?” and it got us thinking. The article states that “lawns provide very little benefit for wildlife” but is this true? We thought we would take a look on the ecological benefits to a healthy lawn, and how to maintain a desirable environment for wildlife. Guinea Pig on Grass

Are lawns just a prettier “concrete” providing no sustainability for wildlife?

While it is true that a properly maintained lawn is very “pretty” to look at, it also provides a home for hundreds of species vital to our ecosystem! 

Ants:

You may not think ants are a good thing if you have ever been bitten by our famous fire ants, but ants are extremely helpful to our ecosystem as a whole, and also serve as a food source for other bugs.

Lady Bugs:

These bugs are extremely helpful for keeping our ecosystem in check. They eat other harmful bugs, and other grass pests. They most likely get their name from the virgin Mary’s depiction in a red cloak with black spots, although these bugs are both male and female.

Grasshoppers:

One of the most well-known grass dwellers, grasshoppers provide a great food source for other helpful creatures. They feed on grass, but their value as a food source outweighs their consumption of grass.

Not only does grass sustain wildlife, but it is also superior to native plants for it conversion properties. Lawn grass has a higher leaf density and grows fast than most native plants, making it intrinsically better at carbon dioxide conversion than other plants. Lawns also provide fire protection and erosion control, making it on the whole a GOOD thing! To maintain a healthy lawn, contact Terra Bites Lawn Care for your free lawn estimate!