NATURAL TURF – WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT IT?
Can you imagine life without it? Where would our children play? Where would people exercise and recreate? Where would we walk our dogs? What surface would our sports teams play on? Where would we go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? More importantly, what would happen to our health and to the environment? Where would we go to relax?
Turf grasses play a critical role in the general health and welfare of our nation and as a result of increasing urbanisation and deforestation; they are becoming more and more important for human health. Turf is not only a major source of beauty and comfort in our lives but also a cleansing answer to our environment.
Lawn is usually the centrepiece of a garden and most people still regard a turfed yard as part of the Australian dream. Lawn assists in turning a house into a home. It not only softens the look of a landscape and increases the beauty of your home but can also increase its value too.
Turf is the perfect environment for people of all ages. No matter the usage; raising a family, walking the dog, having a BBQ, playing professional sport or just having a kick around with friends, there’s no better surface. It reduces the incidence of personal injuries through its cushioning ability and children in particular are much better protected when playing and falling on grass than any other surface.
Heat Mitigation of Living Turf
Living turf has long been recognised by fire agencies as a desirable component of landscaping to prevent or reduce damage from bushfire. Turf has the further benefit of providing a defendable space from which firefighters can seek to protect properties. In the Australian Standard 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas, managed turf is not considered a bushfire hazard. Land areas across which the principal vegetation cover is live turf, such as sports fields, maintained lawns, golf courses and other managed grasslands are termed low threat vegetation. The Victorian CFA’s Landscaping for Bushfire guide also describes the benefits of turf and its maintenance requirements to reduce bushfire risk. All natural turf varieties actively grow in summer which means it is able to be maintained in a green, healthy state over the peak bushfire season in Australia. This makes turf is an ideal groundcover for use in Asset Protection Zones
Turf improves our quality of life
Irrigated turf has been proven to be the best urban heat island mitigator.
Turf improves air quality and helps keep our cities and local environments clean and safe. It’s an essential part of a city landscape
Turf’s aesthetic appeal improves our enjoyment of life. Research studies have found that when people live or work close to parks and gardens they are less susceptible to high blood pressure, stress and depression. Psychologically, the colour green makes us feel closer to nature by being beautiful, restful and relaxing
Lawns and parks provide oases of calm from the stress and trials of daily life.
Contributing to a strong economy
Turf is a huge and diverse industry employing directly and indirectly, over 400,000 people in farming, landscaping, maintenance, management and design, to name a few.
The estimated amount of turf in production in Australia is 36,394,436 m2.
The estimated farm gate value of turf is $243,858,209.00
The average number of employees per turf farm is 8.1 FTE, with some farms in WA having up to 45 employees, through to one man farms.
The average revenue per FTE (Full time equivalent) is $237,133.00.
|Mental and Physical Health Benefits
- A Literature Review of the Environmental and Health Benefits of Turf in draft form by Dr Ross Higginson and Peter McMaugh
- K Martin Health benefits of turf and parks 13 July 2011
- Think before you remove your lawn – Benefits of Green Spaces
- Report: Value Of Green Space
- The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being
- Density and greenspace access in SEQ
- Role of Turf in Environmental Protection – Beard and Green